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Do second degree burns usually scar like this?

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Dr. Mark Burke
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: All depends in depth

Scaring can vary.
Deep 2nd acts more like a 3rd, superficial 2nd acts more like a 1st. It all depends on depth. Superficial may not scar at all, deep may scar significantly and may need to be excised and grafted. If the area is contracting and causing disfigurement, pain, or limiting mobility see a plastic surgeon. If it has healed and worried about aesthetics- sunblock daily, give at least 1 yr.

In brief: All depends in depth

Scaring can vary.
Deep 2nd acts more like a 3rd, superficial 2nd acts more like a 1st. It all depends on depth. Superficial may not scar at all, deep may scar significantly and may need to be excised and grafted. If the area is contracting and causing disfigurement, pain, or limiting mobility see a plastic surgeon. If it has healed and worried about aesthetics- sunblock daily, give at least 1 yr.
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
While 2nd degree burns do not usually form an actual scar they can cause hyper pigmentation or hypopigmentation which will result in a color change at the site. Thi scolor change can resolve but it may take a while.
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