Hypertrophic Scars are an abnormal type of scar that is thick, raised of the skin surface, and often darker than surrounding skin. Hypertrophic Scars differ from keloid scars in that they are in most cases confined to the original wound area. Hypertrophic Scar formation is not a normal component of wound healing and will in most cases develop and grow over time. In the majority of instances Hypertrophic Scars are the result of a genetic tendency to scar and or deep wounds that take long periods of time to heal.
Hypertrophic Scars are more often that not found on people with light complexions. Some of the most common locations of Hypertrophic Scars are as follows:
- the lower face
As noted by the above list of common body locations for Hypertrophic Scars, any pressure-dependent and or movement-dependent area of the body is prone to develop Hypertrophy.
Hypertrophic Scars are usually very difficult to eliminate even with the cutting edge technology that is available today. However, there is more hope at present for acceptable treatment results than there ever has been in the past. For the possibility of having cosmetically satisfactory and adequate results, consider the following treatment options:
- intralesional steroid injections
- topical retinoids
- collagen injections
- laser abrasion
- excisional surgery with closure
- skin grafting
- silicone gel sheeting
- pressure dressings (pressure therapy)
- laser scar revision (pulsed dye laser technology)
Always remember to consult with a physician concerning diagnosis and treatment options for Hypertrophic Scars.