People are often mistaken hypertrophic with keloid, basically both of them is showing similar indication; but they are actually different. Hypertrophic occurs because of post scarring proliferation disorders. Hypertrophic is usually characterized by the thickened skin, it is actually redder than the keloid; it is also followed by itchiness and painfulness that might disturb the patients frequently. Hypertrophic often occurs after the burns and surgery, the appearance of the scars can’t be predicted; but skin which is affected by hypertrophic tends to have a darker color compared to its surrounding.
Why does my hypertrophic scar itch?
Hypertrophic basically occurs because the skin over-produces the collagen after the skin formed a scar. It becomes redder because your body is sending to much blood to the scared area in order to make it heal faster, but unfortunately; because the body is sending too much blood, it then lead to the creation of new vessel. It might look similar with keloid, but the different can be seen during the time. Hypertrophic tend to grow for 8 mounts or less than 2 years, it will eventually stop growing and become softer and thinner. It is quite different with keloid, because keloid has no tendency to stop growing; even after several years. The itchiness and the pain that occur in hypertrophic appears because of the place where hypertrophic grow. People with hypertrophic on the joint tent to feel more pain compare to any other patients with similar case, because the skin between the joint is more active to move and stretch. Hypertrophic is easier to treat compared to keloid, usually people who got hypertrophic from the surgery need to take another small surgery to remove hypertrophic, but it can also be treated with different methods.
Treatment for hypertrophic
Hypertrophic can be removed after the patient takes scar surgery or lacer treatment; but pressure, massage, topical paper tape therapy, intraregional steroid, and Topical silicone gel preparations can also be done to remove the hypertrophic. Now days, people tend to treat hypertrophic by using silicone gel, because it is cheaper and also easy to be done by yourself. In treating hypertrophic with silicone gel, you only need to apply the cream on the scared area at least two times a day; you will eventually see the difference after two months. Injected steroid is also your possible option to get rid of hypertrophic, especially if the scars are formed on your face. The steroid doses which will be injected to your skin depend on the size of your scar, but basically it can only be used around 10-120mg. Both radiotherapy and lacer therapy are done by localizing the surface area that need to be treated. Conducting surgery to remove the hypertrophic is not recommended, because it may build another scar which is severe than the previous one. To get rid of hypertrophic needs time; it can’t be healed for a couple of days. Make sure that you consult your skin treatment with your doctor, do not conduct a treatment which is not recommend by your doctor; because it might not give an affective recovery procedures to your hypertrophic case.