About Thickness

Scar hypertrophy is caused by an overproduction of collagen during pathological (non-normal) wound healing. Scar tissue usually becomes thicker than the surrounding healthy skin during the first months, this normally reduces over time. Increased scar thickness is often called hypertrophy. Burn scars frequently remain hypertrophic to some extent, but scar atrophy (the scar being lower than the surrounding skin) also can happen in some scar.

Assessment of scar thickness is usually based on the amount of scar visible above the surrounding non-affected area. This doesn’t reflect the amount of scarring under the surface; high high-frequency ultrasound can be used to assess the whole thickness of the scar above and below what is visible.

Treatment options for Thickness

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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.