Simple Tips For Hypertrophic Body Scarring
Written by Kerry Benjamin
If you have the type of skin that scars easily, even the smallest scrape on your knee or arm can leave you with a raised mark. While some people struggle with scarring on their face (check out this feature I did with Byrdie about fading acne scars if those are your concern), most people only experience this type of raised scarring on their body.
After getting a cut or scrape, scars form when your body’s primary focus is to close the wound as quickly as possible to prevent infection. In an effort to heal rapidly, your skin goes into overdrive, producing excess collagen that can cause a slightly raised scar called a hypertrophic scar. Depending on the severity of injury, your body may reabsorb some of the extra collagen over time, diminishing the raised appearance of the scar.However, most hypertrophic scars remain visible for many months or years. To speed up the fading process, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep the tissue healthy.
Please note:If you are prone to keloid scarring, where the scar tissue grows far beyond the area of the original injury, contact your dermatologist for tips. Keloid scarring is a very specific and often genetic type of scarring that requires special treatment.