11. Clinical evaluation and our experience with the updated JSW Scar Scale 2011
Munetomo Nagao, Tomoyuki Yasuoka, Takayuki Honda, Katsuhiko Kashiwa, and Seiichiro Kobayashi
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Iwate Medical University, Iwate, Japan.
Keloids and hypertrophic scars can be not only aesthetically but also functionally displeasing, resulting in severe psychosocial impairment. Many management options are available for plastic surgeons to both prevent and treat abnormal scar formation. Recently, a trial of a practical classification and assessment method for evaluating scars, including keloids and hypertrophic scars, was developed by the Japan Scar Workshop (JSW). The JSW Scar Scale has been updated by our working group and has several characteristics relevant for clinical studies.
We evaluated 80 patients with various scars using the JSW Scar Scale 2011 and reviewed the administered therapies. Briefly, the results showed that patients with a low score had undergone surgery, whereas patients with a high score received non-invasive therapies such as steroids and Tranilast.
The JSW Scar Scale 2011 has several advantages and it is a useful tool for scar management with respect to prevention and recurrence.