Scars are permanent, but significant improvement in scar appearance is possible. Whether your scars are old or new, we have the latest medications, lasers, and treatments to make your scars less noticeable.
Hypertrophic Scar Treatment
Scars are a natural part of the healing process for all humans. However, sometimes a scar becomes overbuilt for its purpose, red and raised above the skin. These hypertrophic scars are completely harmless and non-contagious, but on occasion can become itchy or slightly painful. They tend to occur in individuals between 10 and 25 years of age.
Hypertrophic scars tend to improve in appearance with time and do not grow beyond the boundaries of the initial wound. These are different from keloids, which can grow in all directions and generally do not go away with time. It is also important to note that a hypertrophic scar is not a pimple, contains no pus, and should not be popped. Attempting to do so may only worsen its appearance and could encourage further scarring.
Even though hypertrophic scars are nothing more than collected fibrous collagen, they can present a significant cosmetic problem. Many options to treat these scars exist, including, but not limited to:
- Steroid injections
- Silicone gels
- Pressure/compression bandages
- Laser therapy
Although scars can be minimized, they can never be completely removed. If surgery is decided upon, it is best if less invasive approaches are taken in addition to the surgery.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- American Society of Dermatologic Surgery