Scar Help - Questions & Answers

Keloid & Hypertrophic Scars

1. What are Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars?

Keloid and hypertrophic scars are usually thick, raised, unattractive masses of collagen at a site where the skin has been injured. They are frequently associated with a variety of characteristics including hardened, rope-like protrusions, raised surfaces and excessive discoloration.

2. What is the Difference Between Keloid & Hypertrophic scars?

The differences between hypertrophic and keloid scars can be confusing. Although they both have excessive collagen in common, they act differently. For instance, a hypertrophic scar forms soon after the skin has been lacerated, while keloids may not begin forming for up to a year after the injury.The tissue structure also varies between the two scar types. Collagen fiber formation in keloid scars actively spreads into the nearby healthy tissue while hypertrophic scars remain contained within the original boundary of the injury. The surrounding healthy tissue is not affected.

3. Can you prevent hypertrophic and keloid scars?

The fact is that the use of Silicone Gel Products is one of the few proven methods to help prevent hypertrophic and keloid scars.If you know you are susceptible because of previous scarring or a predisposition to this condition then you can exercise extra caution. Make sure you inform your medical professional of your condition prior to any surgery. Be aware that any time you have a body piercing, a tattoo or an injury to the skin, a hypertrophic or keloid scar is likely to form. The Biodermis Scar Management Products are designed to help prevent scarring as soon as your skin is completely healed.

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