Hypertrophic Scars

by jake on May 14, 2012

Hypertrophic scars are a cutaneous condition characterized by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen which gives rise to a raised scar. They are not your typical scar, while most blemishes fade to a white color with a flat texture and are easy to hide; hypertrophic scars are the complete opposite. They are typically raised, with a thick texture that may be bumpy, and the color can range from a light pink to an angry red or even purple. They are impossible to hide, and a major source of embarrassment. They form most often at the sites of pimples, body piercings, cuts and burns.

What causes hypertrophic scars?

Tattoos, burns, and injections are general causes of hypertrophic scars. They affect persons of all ages depending on one’s genetic composition, since studies have shown that people with fair-complexion are more prone to acquiring and because of their lighter skin color, scarring becomes more visible. Hypertrophic scars also affect areas where a wound exists but due to over-production of collagen, hypertrophic scarring may occur that could lead to the scar’s elevated appearance, itching sensation, and a reddish pigmentation of the skin.

Treatment methods of hypertrophic scars

Many people do not want to be seen with scars and might be embarrassing because they are unsightly. But many treatment methods exist that may help heal the disease. These include:

Laser treatment – It’s a highly effective treatment of hypertrophic scars. Laser surgery involves vaporizing the scar tissues one level at a time, starting at the top-most layer of skin. This in turn will expose the inner skin and thus, initiate the growth of new collagen tissues. Patients may want to undergo laser treatment a couple of times in order to achieve maximum effect.

Dermabrasion- This procedure is used typically for the improvement of the appearance of scars and fine lines. The patient is administered with anesthetic injection before the procedure is done. This is because the procedure is painful as it involves intentionally “wounding” the skin and causing it to bleed. When the wound heals the skin is removed and new skin growth is formed.

Chemical peels – This procedure involves application of certain abrasive chemicals that peel the outer dermis and promoting skin exfoliation. As new skin develops the scar becomes less noticeable. However it might be costly as the patient has to undergo several peeling sessions for effective treatment.

Removal of hypertrophic scars is mainly due to aesthetic reasons since having them is not life threatening in any way; always consult your doctor before undergoing any of this procedures.



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