Hypertrophic scars are bumps of raised tissues that form around a pierced hole. They may result from any form of piercing. However, they commonly result from piercing of cartilage on nostrils and ears. They are caused by excessive collagen production that causes raised scars that are similar to Keloid scars. However, these scars do not enlarge beyond the size of the initial wound like keloid scars. There are many people who suffer from hypertrophic scars than keloid scars but since they do not grow beyond the size of the initial wound, they usually fade after some time. Nevertheless, despite the fact that these scars are not dangerous, it is important to know how to get rid of them.
Treating hypertrophic scars
There are various methods that can be used in treating these scars. Among the most common methods that many people use to get rid of them include:
Compression therapy: This involves application of pressure on the scar. When pressure is applied on the scar it reduces the cohesion that result from collagen fibers which form a mess around the wound. Elastic adhesives, ACE bandages and compression wraps among other materials can be used in this therapy.
Using scar removal creams: There are creams that can be used in removing these scars. These creams contain vitamin E which helps in softening the skin making it pliable. Performing deep massage on the scar on regular basis can prevent it from reopening by lubricating it. Eventually, the scars flattens and its sensitivity also reduces and eventually the scar heals. Nevertheless, cream massage should only be done on closed wounds.
Capsules: Capsules that contain vitamin E can be used in getting rid of these scars. Puncture the content of the capsule then squeeze its content on the scars. Vitamin E in the capsules aids the healing process of the skin as well as improving its health.
Laser therapy: Laser therapy uses laser light that targets the dark pigmentation on the scar tissue. This light encourage production of collagen which gives the skin a smoother and firmer look. For effective removal of these scar, one has to undergo repeated treatment sessions.
Chemical peels: There are chemicals that can be applied on hypertrophic scars to the top layer of the skin. After recovering from the chemical burn, the new skin looks younger and the scars will no longer be as noticeable as before. Several peels are required for effective removal of scars.
Fading creams: In most cases, these scars are purple, pink or red in color. Continuous and regular application of fading creams can result to lightening of the scars blending them with the surrounding skin. You can get fading creams from various beauty and drug supply stores.
Regular massage: Massaging the scars regularly facilitate blood circulation. This ensures that nutrients are supplied to the scarred part speeding up the healing process. Massage also breaks up the scar tissue increasing the rate at which the scars fade away. Effective results can be achieved by rubbing the scars for approximately two minutes every day.
Surgery: Surgery is usually combined with other treatments such as corticosteroid, interferon injection and radiotherapy. These injections play a very important role in inhibiting the process of scar tissue development. These injections alter synthesis of glucosaminoglycan as well as reducing production of collagen. They also inhibit fibroblast proliferation production during the process of healing. Steroid injections can also be used in removing these scars. These can be used alone or with other forms of treatment. Pressure dressing has also been used in getting rid of hypertrophic scars successfully.
These are the major forms of treatments that are used commonly used in treating these scars. It is important that you contact your doctor before choosing any treatment option. Some treatment methods such as the use of creams or chemicals can have side effects on people who have sensitive skins. Others such as injections might react negatively with the medication that an individual may be taking. Therefore, contact your healthcare provider before choosing any method of removing these scars on your body. Nevertheless, with regular care and use of any of these methods it is possible to get rid of hypertrophic scars effectively and completely.