How Scars Affect Your Health

Scars are more than just a cosmetic problem. Left untreated, scars can cause sensitivity, pain and reduced range of motion.

Risk Factors For Scars


Children and young adults are prone to vigorous scarring. Elderly people, however, show slower wound closure and slower wound healing rates, therefore they have a reduced risk of abnormal scarring.

Skin Type & Genetic Factors

People with skin types I/II (white, fair, freckles) and V/VI (dark brown, black) are more likely to develop abnormal scars. Some people have a genetic predisposition of abnormal scar formation.


Scars that cross joints, skin creases or large muscle groups are likely to form abnormal scars, for example, after cesarean sections or after chest and breast surgery.

Hormonal Influences

Scars have a tendency to enlarge during pregnancy and puberty due to the hormonal influence.