jaye_voy (jaye_voy) wrote in little_details,

Scar sensitivity


I'm new to the community and couldn't find this info in the "search by category" or the tag list, so I apologize if it's there and I've missed it.

I was wondering if anyone could provide a link/info about the sensitivity of scar tissue. I'm finding conflicting information: some sites/articles say the tissue is deadened/numb, very little sensitivity, while others suggest the scars would be full of new nerves, excruciatingly oversensitive.

Is it one or the other? Possibly both, changing over time? The scenario involves scars of deep slash wounds, one character's are 1-2 years old and not given follow-up care after stitching, while the other's are around 15 years old and have been treated (regularly massaged/oiled after stitches were removed to help keep them supple and break up the underlying scar tissue). I'm assuming that the first character's scars would be very ridged and red while the second one's would be paler and fainter, but what would the sensitivity be?

Thanks so much for your help,

Wow, thank you for all of the replies---and so quickly! I really appreciate you sharing your experiences/opinions with me.

The story is not modern day (more like medieval times, with one culture having better healing knowledge than the other). I was assuming crudely stitched slash wounds would be ridged, but it looks like I should reconsider the appearance of the scars, as well as their sensitivity.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries (misc)
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