What to do about hypertrophic scars? (photos)
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Hypertrophic scars vs keloids
Thanks for the great question and the photos. So the difference between hypertrophic scars and keloids are that hypertrophic scars stay within the previous incision while keloids may expand beyond where your incisions were. In my opinion, if you're 4 months after surgery and have red, raised scars, you need to go back and see your surgeon for some steroid injections. It may take a few treatments before the scars and less raised and red, but steroids are definitely able to help. Best of luck!
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Its difficult to tell without an exam but sometimes hypertrophic scars can be due to poor closure techniques from your surgeon or it could be the way you heal. May of us form thick scars for no reason. There are quite a few options for treatment but the gold standard and what I do in my practice is to excise the scar and close in several layers without using absorbable sutures. I then tape for 6 weeks with new tape every week followed by a 3 month course of biocorneum and steroid injections as needed.
I hope this was helpful.
Daniel Barrett, MD, MHA, MS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, Am. Society of Plastic Surgery
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