The importance of reducing the physical, visual, and emotional impact of scarring cannot be underestimated.
We are committed to funding research into treatments to improve the lives of people living with scarring.
Sometimes it is hard for the observer to understand what a person is ‘seeing’ when they look at their scars.
The ‘story’ of a scar on a person’s body can include painful memories about how they acquired the scar or the treatment they received.
Scarring can change a person’s sense of self and affect their perceptions about how other people see them.
Defining what is visible to a person is half the story.
It is essential we continue to invest in research about the psychological impact of scarring, especially the development of psychological treatments to help people with the acceptance of their scars.
Scarring affects the way we use our bodies.
Significant scarring on a person’s joints can make the skin contracted and tight.
Sometimes this affects a person’s ability to perform day to day tasks.
There are still many ‘unknowns’ about the best kind of treatments to prevent ‘functional’ issues.
More research is needed into the role that treatments such as splinting, stretching, massage and pressure garments play.
People with visible scars are sometimes offered camouflage make up or prosthetics.
Some of these products have changed little in many years and lack sophistication.
We only support research that is of the most benefit to patients.
We want to connect with researchers working in scar free research. If you would like to engage with us, please tell us a bit about yourself