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A permanent mark on the skin caused by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen during wound healing. It is elevated and does not extend beyond the original boundaries of the wound; the elevation may stabilize or regress spontaneously

Symptoms of Hypertrophic scar

The following features are indicative of Hypertrophic scar:
  • deposits of excessive amounts of collagen
  • pink-colored skin
  • red skin
  • shinier skin

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Common Causes of Hypertrophic scar

The following are the most common causes of Hypertrophic scar:
  • mechanical tension on a wound
  • inflammation
  • burn injury

Risk Factors for Hypertrophic scar

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hypertrophic scar:
  • hair folliculitis
  • inflammation
  • burn injury
  • mechanical tension on a wound

Prevention of Hypertrophic scar

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypertrophic scar. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • minimize the mechanical forces after surgery

Occurrence of Hypertrophic scar

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hypertrophic scar cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Hypertrophic scar most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-35 years

Common Gender

Hypertrophic scar can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypertrophic scar

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypertrophic scar:
  • Biopsy: To check worsening condition of hypertrophic scar

Complications of Hypertrophic scar if untreated

Yes, Hypertrophic scar causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hypertrophic scar is left untreated:
  • serious functional disability
  • serious cosmetic disability

Procedures for Treatment of Hypertrophic scar

The following procedures are used to treat Hypertrophic scar:
  • Surgery: Helps to prevent hypertrophic scar by reducing tension on the wound
  • Cryotherapy: Helps to prevent hypertrophic scar
  • Laser therapy: To improve the color, reduce the height and also reduce tension of the hypertrophic scar

Self-care for Hypertrophic scar

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hypertrophic scar:
  • minimize the mechanical forces after surgery

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hypertrophic scar

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hypertrophic scar:
  • Pressure therapy: Helps to achieve hypertrophic scar regression by using mechanical compressive force exerted by pressure garments

Time for Treatment of Hypertrophic scar

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hypertrophic scar to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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