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What can be done about hypertrophic scars?

At Plantation Dermatology, we see patients in the Plantation, FL area who are dealing with a wide range of medical skin and body conditions. We know that it is important to look and feel your best. This is why our team is pleased to provide treatment options for patients struggling with a hypertrophic scar.

What is a hypertrophic scar?

A hypertrophic scar is a type of scar that is thick, raised, and red. They are usually the result of an injury or surgery. Hypertrophic scars can cause pain, itchiness, and restrict movement.

What causes a hypertrophic scar?

Hypertrophic scars are caused by an overproduction of collagen in the skin. This excess collagen causes the scar to become thick, raised, and red. Depending on where the scar has developed, it can cause patients to feel incredibly self-conscious about how they look to others. It may also be a reminder of an accident in the past. Many patients who have them reach out to the team at Plantation Dermatology to see if they can be reduced or removed.

How do you treat a hypertrophic scar?

There are several ways to treat hypertrophic scars, including:

  • Steroid injections: Steroids can help to reduce the thickness and redness of a hypertrophic scar.
  • Silicone sheets or gels: Silicone can help to soften and flatten a hypertrophic scar.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove a hypertrophic scar.

Which treatment is right for me?

Dr. Andrew R. Altman is a dermatologist who can assist patients who are interested in the reduction or removal of unwanted hypertrophic scars. With several options available, he will start with the most conservative to see if results are achieved. He will evaluate the location of the scar, the size of the scar, and talk to the patient about their medical history to determine the most appropriate treatments for the individual.

Learn more about treatment of hypertrophic scars at Plantation Dermatology

Hypertrophic scars can be a nuisance, but with the right treatment they can be managed. Talk to Dr. Andrew R. Altman about the best treatment option for you and your situation. The office is located at 137 NW 100th Avenue in Plantation, FL and can be reached by phone to request an appointment at (954) 577-5161.

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