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Most skin scars heal and become flush or even with the surrounding skin, but not all scars are the same. While atrophic scars leave indents in the skin, hypertrophic scars are raised above it. Hypertrophic scars are caused by an overproduction of collagen during the healing process, resulting in excessive scar tissue above the skin that may also be discolored. At Maia Plastic Surgery, our fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Munique Maia, offers advanced options in hypertrophic scar removal at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

Hypertrophic scars are usually formed from deeper wounds to the skin and tissue, such as a surgical incision. While many scars may be slightly raised as the wounds heal, they normally shrink and flatten to match the surface of the skin. Hypertrophic scars stay raised and may be red or darker pigmented than the skin. Their appearance is more noticeable, and they may interfere with the usual muscle or skin movement. There are prevention methods like silicone sheeting or compression garments that can be used to reduce the chance of hypertrophic scarring after surgery, but once the scar forms, treatment or surgery may be needed for its removal.

Treatments and Revision Surgery for Raised Scars

Hypertrophic scars are more difficult to remove, requiring specialized training and experience. Dr. Maia can explore the best options to remove a raised scar with the least amount of intrusion. Laser skin treatments, steroid injections/medications, and dermabrasion are minimally invasive treatments that can effectively fade and smooth hypertrophic scars. Surgical revision should only be considered when less invasive options are ineffective.

If you have a noticeable hypertrophic scar you want to have removed, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery today at our clinic in the greater Washington, DC area to schedule your appointment. We can schedule a private exam and consultation with Dr. Maia to discuss the treatment options available.

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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a consultation with Dr. Maia, not only was her expertise evident, her compassion shown through as she walked us through the process. Thankfully, I felt very comfortable trusting her as I underwent reconstruction surgery. I am very happy with the results and highly respect and recommend Dr. Maia.

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Dr Maia truly loves what she does. She is invested in making you the version of yourself you want to be. She listens attentively to what you want and makes relevant suggestions. She did not try to introduce anything unnecessary into my treatment plan. The results I achieved during my first treatment keeps me coming back. Her staff is excellent and works to accommodate your schedule. I have recommended Dr. Maia several times and each time I get the same positive feedback.

Karen D.

Selecting a surgeon: After having two children and weight fluctuations over the years I was left with complete loss of volume in my breasts. I had four consultations with other surgeons but after comparing their photos to Dr Maia’s and meeting her in person, I knew she was my doctor. We talked about my lifestyle - being a mom and a professional, I didn’t want to be too big, but I’m curvy so I didn’t want to go too small for my frame either. She let me try on sizes and once I selected she agreed it was a good fit for my frame. Post op recovery: I was a smoker and had quit prior to surgery but she was very honest and adamant in telling me how important it was that I did not smoke. (I honestly needed the lecture and the transparency about what could happen if I did start smoking before surgery and post-op.) Because I was formerly a pretty heavy smoker, it did cause some issues after surgery with wound closing and she was SO diligent and on top of it seeing me once and week and squeezing me in for appointments between surgeries and patients. She prescribed different things to address the would closure issues before they really became a problem. Being able to have text message access to the office was great when I had questions and she even accommodated my schedule when I couldn’t be seen in person to send progress photos so that she could check on me. 3 months post op: I’m so happy with the results of my surgery and am so glad I waited to find the right doctor. She’s an artist! They look natural, fit my body shape and they haven’t even fully “dropped and fluffed” yet. Would highly recommend… comparing her patient photos to other surgeons will end your search. I feel so much better in my body thanks to Dr Maia.

Justine A.

This is my second time at Dr. Maia’s office and I am so pleased with my experience here. The staff is so friendly and caring. Dr. Maia is the best Dr in the DMV area, she knows exactly what she is doing and you will be happy with the results! I am so glad I found her! I recommend anyone who’s looking for a very personable doctor to come and see her! Thank you Dr. Maia & staff!

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