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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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J. B.

Dr. Maia and her staff are incredibly professional and truly empathetic. They’ve done a beautiful job with the treatments that I’ve gotten and I look forward to coming to the office every single time.

Karli N.

Dr. Maia deserves more than 5-stars! I’m thrilled with my results and I’m less than 3 months post surgery. Dr. Maia is confident and kind, and not at all pushy like other plastic surgeons. I was overly impressed the morning of the procedure. The surgical and hospital staff know her well! They were ready for her and put me at ease while I was getting settled in the OR. I appreciate the team in Dr. Maia’s office for their patience and care. They are just as calm as Dr. Maia.

David R.

Dr. Maia, Alana, and Kristina are talented, knowledgeable, and attentive. Great results, great support, and very responsive to any questions. Would recommend to anyone looking to improve their quality of life!

Erez D.

Dr Maia is the consummate plastic surgeon. From her compassion to exceptional surgical skill and results, there is no better. Would give 10 stars if I could.

Deise G.

I had a great experience with doctor Maia. Beyond my expectations.

Nate R.

Mid 40s male who’s always had nasal breathing issues and a dorsal bump. I finally decided to do something about it with a septoplasty/rhinoplasty combo. I met with a few doctors but Dr. Maia stood out. She instilled confidence, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The surgery was straight forward, and the swelling was surprisingly light. A week later the cast was off and I was on the short road to recovery. Honestly, if I had known it was this easy I would have done it earlier. Thanks Dr. Maia!


I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

R. H.

I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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