Some second-degree burns leave a scar. Unlike first-degree burns, which do not leave a scar, second-degree burns damage deeper layers of tissue, which is why they may result in scars. Deeper and larger burns may be more likely to scar.
But it can be difficult to determine if your second-degree burn will leave a scar immediately after the injury. It can take months or longer for the healing process to run its course. Until the burn has fully healed, it is not always possible to definitively determine the extent of long-term scarring.
The following may affect the likelihood and the extent of scarring:
- The size of the burn
- The location of the burn
- The medical treatment received
- The follow-up wound care
- Infections and other complications
- Your overall health
- Your skin tone
- Your skin type
- Your tendency to make keloid or other scar tissue
The appearance of a second-degree burn generally will improve over time. The blisters will heal, and any scars may eventually reduce in size. Discoloration usually fades, and sometimes becomes barely noticeable.
If your burn injury was not your fault, you might have a claim to recover related damages, including those related to scarring. Our lawyer referral specialists can help you find a lawyer. Call 844-549-8774.