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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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