The skin is the largest organ of the human body, accounting for 12-15% of overall body weight. It helps protect internal organs from lacerations as well as pathogens that may try to invade. When your skin suffers from an injury, it naturally knits together to form scars. However, there are some problems that can occur as you develop a scar.
How Scars Form
After you suffer from a cut through your skin, specialized cells in your blood will gather and form a scab to close up the surface of the wound. Underneath the scab, your skin cells begin to produce extra collagen, a protein that gives your skin strength and structure. Once the collagen joins together, the scab will fall off, and you will have a scar. Sometimes, though, it can take months or even years for the scar to fully develop.
Potential Scar Complications
While some scars may be no more than a tiny spot of lighter skin, you can develop serious complications from some types of scars. These problems include:
- Loss of mobility
- Overgrowth of injury boundaries (keloid scar)
Abnormal scars can require surgery, laser treatment, or even tissue stretchers to fix these problems. In some cases, you may need skin grafts to replace the damaged tissue.
Scars can also cause psychological damage, particularly if the scar is somewhere highly visible, such as on the face. Some may experience depression or fear being out in public if they feel they are being stared at.
Not only can scars cause disfigurement, but they can serve as a permanent reminder of a painful or difficult time in your life. At Habush Habush & Rottier, our personal injury attorneys believe that scars should not be overlooked in a personal injury case. To learn more about your legal options, contact us today at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874)).