Hypertrophic Scar Treatment

Hypertrophic Scar Treatment

Hypertrophic scars result from an imbalance in the body’s healing process after an injury, surgery, or burn. They are characterized by raised, red scars that don’t extend beyond the initial injury site. While not dangerous, hypertrophic scars can cause discomfort, itchiness, and even pain. They may also be a cosmetic concern for many individuals.

The primary goal of hypertrophic scar treatment is to reduce the scar’s size, alleviate symptoms, and improve the skin’s appearance. Here are the common treatments:

Steroid injections are a frequently employed treatment. These injections help to reduce inflammation and slow down the rapid cell proliferation that characterizes hypertrophic scars. The injections are different from anabolic steroids which are sometimes abused by athletes.

Laser therapy is another effective treatment option. It uses concentrated light beams to reduce the scar’s redness and improve its texture. There are several laser types available for hypertrophic scar reduction. The Vbeam Perfeca will decrease redness and the CO2 laser technology will help flatten scar tissue and remodel the collagen to provide for a smoother appearance.

Silicone sheets or gels are non-invasive treatments that can help to flatten hypertrophic scars and reduce associated symptoms. They work by creating a moist environment that facilitates scar healing.

In certain cases, surgical revision may be considered. However, it should be noted that surgery can sometimes lead to the formation of a new hypertrophic scar, and is therefore typically combined with other treatments, such as steroid injections, silicone sheets, or laser treatment.


Q1: Can hypertrophic scars be completely eliminated?

A1: While treatments can greatly improve the appearance of hypertrophic scars and alleviate associated symptoms, they may not completely erase the scar. The objective is to minimize its size, alleviate discomfort, and improve the overall skin appearance.

Q2: Is hypertrophic scar treatment painful?

A2: Treatments like steroid injections may cause some discomfort. However, your dermatologist can provide ways to manage pain, such as using a local anesthetic. Other treatments like silicone sheets or gels are generally pain-free.

Q3: How long does it take to see results from treatments?

A3: Results can vary widely depending on the treatment and the individual. Treatments like steroid injections may need to be repeated over several months, while silicone sheets or gels should be used consistently for several weeks to months to see results.

Q4: Are there any side effects from these treatments?

A4: Potential side effects can include pain, skin discoloration, or infection, skin dimpling/thinning (atrophy), primarily associated with injections or surgical treatments. It’s important to discuss possible side effects with your dermatologist prior to treatment.

Q5: Can hypertrophic scars be prevented?

A5: Early and appropriate wound care can help to minimize the risk of hypertrophic scar formation. If you have a history of hypertrophic scars, discuss preventive measures with your doctor, like the application of silicone sheets or gels after surgery or injury.

Each individual’s skin and healing process is unique. It’s essential to consult with a dermatologist or dermatology provider for a personalized treatment plan for your hypertrophic scars.


The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. The procedure described here is a cosmetic procedure and carries risks and potential complications. The results may vary and are not guaranteed. It is important to consult with a dermatology care provider who has experience performing this procedure to discuss the risks and potential benefits, as well as any other questions or concerns you may have. The procedure should only be performed by a qualified and licensed medical professional. It is essential that you follow all post-procedure instructions provided by your provider to ensure the best possible outcome. Any decision to undergo this procedure should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.

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