A catastrophic injury can often lead to permanent scarring. Scarring is a part of the body’s natural healing process as it repairs damaged tissue. Aside from disfigurement, scarring can also cause long term medical complications and pain. Scarring occurs when the dermis, a think outer layer of skin, is damaged. Common effects of scarring include decreased movement and function, restricted blood flow and the inability to regulate body temperature. Scarring can result from accidents, diseases or surgeries.
If you, or a loved one, have been involved in an accident or surgery which has resulted in significant scarring, it is helpful to learn related terms and understand treatment options available for this type of injury.