Raised scars are called hypertrophic scars. While most scars flatten over time, hypertrophic scars stay raised above the skin in the boundaries of the original wound. These scars occur due to too much collagen production when healing, which can occur with any wound to the skin. The excess scar tissue can restrict skin movement and may be uncomfortable or unattractive. Our aesthetic team at pēkomd® cosmetic surgery center offers hypertrophic scar removal at our facility in Toledo, OH.
Raised scars can disfigure the skin. The scar tissue is often pink or red in color with a shiny or smooth appearance that is harder than normal skin. Hypertrophic scars are more common on areas of the body with tighter skin, but they can occur anywhere and on anyone. The raised scar tissue develops in the first few months after the wound or injury, most commonly from burns, lacerations or surgery. While hypertrophic scars do not pose a health risk, they can be uncomfortable or painful. Aesthetic concerns are the main reason patients come to us at pēkomd®for hypertrophic removal.
Treatments for Raised Scars
There are multiple treatments that can be used to diminish the appearance of hypertrophic scars. Injection therapy is commonly used, which can include corticosteroid injections. The steroid treatment can help soften and flatten the scar tissue while relieving itching and pain. To smooth the appearance, laser treatments may be recommended to remove scar tissue and improve tone or texture.
Some larger raised scars may require surgical revision for effective reduction. Surgical incisions, burn scars and other larger hypertrophic scars may benefit from surgical removal of the excess scar tissue, which may be combined with non-surgical treatments. Each scar and patient are unique, which is why we provide personalized treatment plans for all scar removal and revision patients.
If you have a raised scar that is uncomfortable or unattractive, there are treatments that can be used for reduction. Dr. Peter Koltz is a board certified plastic surgeon who can create an effective treatment plan for hypertrophic scar removal. To learn more, contact us at pēkomd® cosmetic surgery center in Toledo, OH, to schedule a scar removal consultation.