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What kinds of scarring are there?

A scar can make you feel self-conscious, be unsightly or even feel painful. No scars are exactly alike, and there are many kinds you could be dealing with. When your scar is the result of an injury that someone else caused, that person should have to provide you with a way to pay for the necessary treatments to help heal this condition.

Scarring itself occurs when the body heals after an injury. However, some do not heal cleanly, leaving dark marks, raised formations or painful, tough skin. Keloid scars, for example, form when the body heals in an overaggressive manner. A keloid scar can actually make it difficult to move in some cases, which could require surgery to correct. Smaller keloid scars can be treated with freezing therapies.

Another kind of scar is a hypertrophic scar. These red, raised scars are like keloids but don't extend beyond the boundary of the injury itself. These scars can be treated with steroids or silicone to help flatten them.

Contracture scars also cause some trouble. These occur most commonly after burns and cause the skin to tighten. This makes it hard for you to move in some instances, depending on where the scarring is. Some of these scars go deep into the tissues, muscles and nerves.

After you suffer an injury that results in scarring, you may need additional treatments to recover. Laser treatments, surgeries to remove scar tissue and other techniques can be used, but they may be costly. It's important to reach out and look into your legal options if your injuries are a result of someone else's negligence.

Source: WebMD, "Cosmetic Procedures: Scars," accessed Dec. 23, 2016

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