Scarring

Sometimes the scars that form after surgery are not what either the patient or the doctor hopes for. In other circumstances, simple injuries or even ear piercings can lead to abnormal healing and scarring. In order to assess how best to move forward, a number of factors need to be considered about the evolution of the scars.

Surgical / Injury Scars

Firstly, was there anything about the initial healing phase that could have been better? Was there any infection or reaction to sutures, dressings etc.? Did the wound heal well initially and then become problematic? This tends to lead to stretched scars.

Abnormal Healing

Abnormal healing can come from the most innocent of injuries and is particularly common following ear piercing or acne. There is an increased risk of scarring in patients of Afro-Caribbean origin, in wounds over the sternum (breast plate) and over the outside of the shoulder. Scars may increase in size to become lumpy, hard and may sometimes itch.

Treatments for scarring depend very much on the scars and their history. Thickened, raised scars do not normally need surgery without a period of treatment with injections first. Scars that can be improved may be excised and resutured. Because the management of scars can be difficult, Mr Price will assess you carefully before recommending a treatment plan.

To make an appointment to discuss reconstructive surgery for scarring in Cambridge, please contact Mr Price’s secretary.