Raised or hypertrophic scars can occur when too much collagen is produced when a skin wound is healing. The scar can be very noticeable and draw attention, especially when it occurs in an exposed area. Hypertrophic scars tend to be more complex to remove than atrophic or flat scars. They can contain blood vessels and nerves that complicate treatment. At Blaine Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christine Blaine and our team can determine the best option for hypertrophic scar removal and perform your scar revision treatment at any of our clinics in New York.
Hypertrophic scars are raised and may be flesh, light or reddish in color. While they do grow above the skin, they stay within the outline of the original scar. Those that grow outside of the wound are keloids, not hypertrophic. Hypertrophic scars can vary in height and complexity, requiring careful examination before determining the best treatment for removal.
Treatment Options for Raised Scars
The least invasive option for hypertrophic scar removal is the use of silicone scar treatment. While used best to prevent hypertrophic scars from forming, silicone sheets can also be used to treat existing hypertrophic scars or after surgical removal of a hypertrophic scar.
Steroid injections can often improve the appearance and texture of scars by helping to flatten and fade scars. Steroid injections are performed as a series of treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Many patients with raised or hypertrophic scars find relief with these very safe and quick injections.
When less invasive options are ineffective, surgical removal or scar revision surgery may be required for severe hypertrophic scars. Dr. Blaine utilizes the most advanced techniques to hide the surgical scar to make it less visible.
If you have a hypertrophic or raised scar you want removed, contact us at Blaine Plastic Surgery. We can schedule a scar revision consultation with Dr. Blaine to discuss the treatment options.