Hypertrophic Scars and Their Treatment

by Kelly Williams on March 20, 2012

Hypertrophic scar on the neck

Scarring is an important part of the healing process. However, it can also leave unsightly marks on the skin which can be a cause for great concern. Those who have experienced trauma in their face have seen firsthand the difficulty that scars pose towards our social lives. Even minor scars on the arms and legs, especially on women, can be seen as undesirable and a source of social stigma. This article discusses the causes, effects, and – most importantly – the treatment of hypertrophic scars that you can use to get immediate results.

What is a hypertrophic scar?

When the body experiences an injury, scarring can occur. Scar formation is a natural part of the body’s healing process wherein the tears and trauma experienced by the skin gets repaired with a fibrous substance called collagen. Usually, the scars that are formed are parallel, aligned with the skin, and virtually invisible. However, these types of scars are a special condition where the collagen deposits are larger than usual, leading to a raised, swollen, and reddened area that stands out from the normal skin color and contour.

What goes on beneath the skin

The difference between a hypertrophic scar and a keloid

The good news is that hypertrophic scars are self-contained and will not proliferate or grow outside its boundary, unlike a keloid. They are also not cancerous and can be treated easily with some products and services that are widely available today. Whereas a keloid is uncontrollable and uneven in its spread and growth, hypertrophic ones are more defined and can be dealt with rather easily.

However, even though hypertrophic type scars may not pose too much of a problem to daily activities, they can be a nuisance and seen as undesirable especially if they are located on exposed body parts.

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