Wound closure with newly formed, pink skin and vessels © Elastoplast
Raised or hypertrophic scar; © Elastoplast
Instead, the wound is “repaired” with connective tissue: In order to heal this wound or injury, the body produces a larger quantity of collagen to repair the broken and damaged skin tissue. Collagen serves to ‘bind’ the broken skin together, helping to close and heal the area.
AS SOON AS YOU GET A
MINOR WOUND OR SCRAPE,
YOUR BODY WILL START
Even after the wound has healed, the body continues to direct collagen to the site resulting in changes to the size and shape over time. The resulting scar does not have good blood circulation, is sometimes uneven and is less elastic.
Scars can sometimes be raised areas (hypertrophic scars) or have a sunken appearance, depending on the damage done to underlying layers of skin and tissue. Also, variations in colour are possible.