What is a hypertrophic scar?
- A hypertrophic scar is a thickened, wide, often raised scar that develops where skin is injured.
- Scars are common during the wound healing process, but a hypertrophic scar is a result of an abnormal response to a trauma or injury.
Scars & Keloid Treatment in Malaysia
- In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids.
- Keloids can be much larger than the original wound and most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks.
- However, keloids can affect any part of the body.
What are the treatments for the scar?
- Pressure from a bandage or pressure garment (stretchy material as Lycra/Tubigrip). This pressure should be applied day and night for up to months or even years.
- Application of silicone, in sheet or gel form directly to the wound is thought to speed up the repair of scar.
- Steroids (Triamcinalone) can be injected into the scar itself. Usually given at 4 to 6 week intervals.
- Scar repairing creams can be used upon seeking advice from the surgeon
What are the treatments for keloid?
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
- Using pressure or silicone gel pads after injury (similar to scar treatment)
- Radiation to shrink keloids (very small risk of tumour formation).
- For a very large keloids or an older keloid scar, surgical removal may be indicated