Know What Hypertrophic Scar Is

There are many types of scars and Hypertrophic scar is one of them. Learn more about hypertrophic scar in Scar Tissue Removal and how it can be treated and removed.

A hypertrophic scar is a red thick scar and it can happen from an injury to the skin or surgery. Hypertrophic scars grow only in the immediate area of the skin injury. It is the keloid scars that can grow outside into the area outside the injuries. Both scars can be similar in size and shapes at times.

Unlike the keloid scar, however, the hypertrophic scar heals by itself. It can take about 12 to 18 months for the size to decrease and the tenderness to subside. These scars do not totally disappear though.

Hypertrophic scars and keloid can be caused by similar events. They can happen from injections, surgery (including skin surgery), injury, but also from acne and body piercing.

Hypertrophic scars have nothing to do with family history or ethnic background as the keloid scars. But in both types of scars, the collagen levels are higher than in average scar tissue. Hypertrophic scars usually form on the ears, shoulders, and breastbone, but they can form other places on the body too.

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