June 19, 2024

Hypertrophic scars

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Hypertrophic scars may happen when your body produces far too much collagen fibres, depositing them inside of your healing scar and causing the scar to be higher than the skin that surrounds it. In some cases, they may look very much like a red lump or pimple, but they are not. The more serious version are the keloids, but unlike this one, they grow out and not up. However, it should be noted that a keloid scar is a type of hypertrophic and are only caused mainly by body piercings, acne, accidents or surgery.

There are a number of ways to treat these scars, though challenges are common. They can reoccur, meaning that you might have to treat them again and again. They may appear even after something as simple as an insect bit or a pimple, but the best treatment so far is a steroid injection. Sometimes gels are also helpful when applied directly to the scar. Silicon sheets and laser surgery help to a certain degree, but cannot prevent them from coming back.

Preferably you should speak to a dermatologist to decide what if any treatments will work best for you hypertrophic scars and your particular skin type. This doctor will not the main scar types that you get and healing factors in relation to your skin. Professional help is therefore your best option as your chances of battling repeated hypertrophic scars when they come back can be a frustrating battle that many people cannot tolerate for long. Additionally, you have to assess your lifestyle to assist in fighting these types of scars.

Lifestyle changes that your doctor might suggest include the most basic. Your diet can aid in helping you heal by avoiding things that hinder your ability to create healthy cells. Additionally, you should stop smoking if you do because this can accentuate the chances of the scar reoccurring as a hypertrophic. You should keep it out of the sun and if you have to expose it to the sun, use a full sun block. Check with your doctor also for additional lifestyle changes and follow them closely or you will further your risks of fighting a losing battle.


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