About Hypertrophic Scars

A hypertrophic scar is a cutaneous condition characterized by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen which usually results in a raised, rigid, and red scar.  Hypertrophic scars generally develop after thermal or traumatic injury which have damaged the deep layers of the dermis, they are particularly common in areas of high tension.

All scars go through a process of scar maturation, which can take up to 2 years, during this time scars can worsen (get redder, thicker and more painful) before improving. Hypertrophic scars do improve through the scar maturation process, but treatment is often needed to reduce the symptoms during this time and improve the final outcomes.

Photo of a hypertrophic scar on the arm
Closeup photo of a hypertrophic scar
Photo of a hypertrophic scar on the palm of the hand
Closeup photo of a hypertrophic scar on ankle and back of the foot

Treatment options for Hypertrophic Scars

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  • Home Treatments: The major part of your scar treatment happens at home. There exists a wide variety of home treatments like pressure therapy, silicone, topicals etc…
  • Non Invasive Treatments: Several scar management techniques performed by scar specialist have proven their efficacy and will help you to improve your scar.
  • Minimally Invasive Treatments: These treatments have become increasingly popular over the last years. Highly visible results and short recuperation times are responsible for this popularity.
  • Surgery: Reconstructive surgery is often seen as the last option after all other treatment options have failed. However, with burn scars it is often a necessary measure.

Below you will find an overview of all possible treatments. Click on the different categories to look for specific types of treatment.