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Is it possible to get rid of hypertrophic scars if they're at least a year old, without using lasers or surgery? Or drastically reduce appearance?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Difficult

Scars mature with time.
After 1yr they approach their final appearance. Without surgery, pressure and silicone gel sheets can decrease prominence. Scars can further change as your body changes (age, weight, puberty) so be patient.

In brief: Difficult

Scars mature with time.
After 1yr they approach their final appearance. Without surgery, pressure and silicone gel sheets can decrease prominence. Scars can further change as your body changes (age, weight, puberty) so be patient.
Dr. Adam Cohen
Dr. Adam Cohen
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Dr. Terrence Higgins
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hypertrophic scars

All scars will generally improve with age.
Topical silicone can help soften and flatten scars. Lasers can help improve scars as well , but they do not erase scars. Surgical excision of scars is the only way to truly remove the current scar, but you trade the old scar for a new (hopefully improved) scar. Steroid injections can also help reduce size and discomfort of hyperttrophic scar.

In brief: Hypertrophic scars

All scars will generally improve with age.
Topical silicone can help soften and flatten scars. Lasers can help improve scars as well , but they do not erase scars. Surgical excision of scars is the only way to truly remove the current scar, but you trade the old scar for a new (hopefully improved) scar. Steroid injections can also help reduce size and discomfort of hyperttrophic scar.
Dr. Terrence Higgins
Dr. Terrence Higgins
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Dr. Mark Checcone
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many options

Scars that are hypertrophic are too prominent relative to the rest of your skin's surface.
Surgery & lasers are helpful when the scar needs to be "cut down in size". Other techniques available include massage, scar silicone sheeting, injections with steroids, and dermabrasion. Many options exist with different results depending on your specific skin and scar type. See a dr. Near you for more help.

In brief: Many options

Scars that are hypertrophic are too prominent relative to the rest of your skin's surface.
Surgery & lasers are helpful when the scar needs to be "cut down in size". Other techniques available include massage, scar silicone sheeting, injections with steroids, and dermabrasion. Many options exist with different results depending on your specific skin and scar type. See a dr. Near you for more help.
Dr. Mark Checcone
Dr. Mark Checcone
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Dr. Jonathan Sonne
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Scar Treatment

Hypertrophic scars can be a stubborn problem. Although revision surgery is an option, more conservative treatments are often used first.
Massage and silcone gel/sheets can be helpful in treating these scars. Also kenalog, (triamcinolone) an antiinflammatory steriod can be injected to help flatten the scar. If these treatments are not providing adequte improvement, lasers and surgery can be performed.

In brief: Scar Treatment

Hypertrophic scars can be a stubborn problem. Although revision surgery is an option, more conservative treatments are often used first.
Massage and silcone gel/sheets can be helpful in treating these scars. Also kenalog, (triamcinolone) an antiinflammatory steriod can be injected to help flatten the scar. If these treatments are not providing adequte improvement, lasers and surgery can be performed.
Dr. Jonathan Sonne
Dr. Jonathan Sonne
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