Surgical scars are usually a line or long, narrow ellipse at the site of a skin procedure. Sometimes they become raised or discoloured.
Also known as
Hypertrophic scar, keloid scar, hypertrophic surgical scar, overgrown scar, raised scar, cicatrix
Symptoms and signs
Discoloured patch (often pink or red) at the site of a surgical procedure
Firm, raised lump at the site of a surgical procedure
Stretching of the skin during a procedure, in order to bring the skin edges together
Stretching of the skin after the procedure, for a period of several weeks
Wound infection and breakdown
Prognosis / outcome
A raised or overgrown scar is usually permanent unless it is treated. It rarely causes any medical issues although it may be unsightly, itchy and uncomfortable.
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