Types of Scars
After a fire accident or burn injury event, a person may develop the following types of scars:
- Keloid: where the scar tissue grows beyond the original site of the injury turning red or pinkish in color. Over time this scar tissue will turn dark.
- Hypertrophic: are similar to Keloid in their appearance but these scars are confined to the injury site and do not overgrow.
- Contracture scars: a tightening of the skin which is permanent; the contracture affects the nearby muscles, tendons, and ligaments depending on the severity of the burn and scar. A contracture scar limits mobility and range of motion of the affected area. It may also cause nerve damage.
After a burn injury it can take up to 1-2 years for the injury and scar to stabilize. Surgery may be required including plastic surgery to improve the mobility of the area injured by the scar and improve the scar’s appearance.