Scar tightness

These scars can appear as a thick tight line or sheet, causing a pull on the surrounding skin or making it indent or pucker.

What do they look like?

  • These scars are often thick, red and itchy and stand out against the normal skin. 
  • They can appear as a thick tight line or sheet, causing a pull on the surrounding skin or making it indent or pucker. 
  • They can cause reduced movement or make movement uncomfortable. 
  • They can occur anywhere on the body but are common in hand injuries or over joints of the body. 
  • They are also common when the scar was formed as a child or teenager meaning the scar didn’t stretch as the person grew and got tighter with growth. 

 

How can this scar be improved? 

  • Scars like these can respond very well to surgical scar revision and sometimes laser.  
  • The amount of scar tightness will determine whether laser or surgical scar revision is needed to make the scar less tight. 
  • As the scar gets less tight, it often gets flatter and softer. 
  • Scars like these also benefit from scar therapy in addition to surgery and/or laser.