EWMA Conference 2018

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF SCARS

Session Objectives

Every wound that heals leaves a scar. There are very few exceptions from this rule – e.g. fetal tissues can heal without scar formation. Scientific efforts are aimed towards using these mechanisms for reducing scar formation in adults. Once a scar is formed, the tissue differs in quality from normal healthy tissue and is often less resistant to re-injury. In this situation, preventive efforts must be maintained to avoid the reappearance of a wound. In the case of pathological scar formation – e.g. atrophic or hypertrophic scars or keloids – medical and surgical treatment can reduce the impact of this scar on the patient