Simon Weston CBE sustained burns as a result of enemy action in the Falklands War.

How do we live with scarring?

Research which focusses on long term patient care and increases the understanding of how clinicians can best support patients affected by scarring has always, and continues to be, a huge part of our work.

For some people, scarring is not the end point of their illness or injury. For many years after their initial injury, and sometimes for the rest of their lives, people living with scarring may have to face multiple surgeries, skin grafts, the application of creams and/or physiotherapy.

Until scar free healing is a reality, people who live with significant scars need better therapies to mitigate against the impact of their scarring.

Being scarred is being disfigured. Being scarred makes me different. But I use this as an opportunity, even as a topic of conversation. So if you’re a young person with scarring, or someone who’s only recently had to deal with its effects - don’t despair. Be confident. Like who you are. The scars you have are a part of you, and this can be positive.

Simon Weston