Can a Hypertropic Scar on Dark Skin Be Treated with Dermabrasion?

If not, what treatment comes close? Thank You!

Doctor Answers 3

Hypertrophic scar and laser

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I use a combination of IIT and laser for hypertrophic scars. Skin texture is best treated with fractional laser.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertrophic scarring is not treated with dermabrasion

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The best treatment for a hypertrophic scar is cortisone injections and silicone gel sheeting.  Hypertrophic scarring is not treated with dermabrasion, as dermabrasion will simply make the hypertrophic scar worse.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Treating a Hypertrophic Scar on Dark Skin

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I do not recommend dermabrasion as it may leave permanent discoloration which may be worse than the actual scar itself. I would start with cortisone injections to improve the hypertrophy and improve the color of the scar. Once improved as much as possible with the cortisone injections, there are certain laser treatments which may then help improve the texture and color further. I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist experienced in treating scars. 

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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