The Difference Between Keloid And Hypertrophic Scars Beverly Hills, CA

April 1, 2019

The Difference Between Keloid And Hypertrophic Scars

Unsightly scars can really impact the way you feel about yourself. Your lack of self-confidence can also affect the way others perceive you.  Don’t let the appearance of your scars stop you from enjoying your life.  Depending on the type of scar you have, there are procedures available to reduce their appearance.

Keloid Scars

These are unsightly nodules of red colored scar tissue that extend past the borders of the original wound. Keloid scars are often painful and itchy.

When a wound is healing the skins cells and connective tissue cells (fibroblasts) begin multiplying to repair the damage, resulting in a scar. With keloids, the fibroblasts overgrow and continue to multiply even after the wound is healed shut. This is why this type of scar is seen as a ball on the surface of the skin.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars are the result of an imbalance in collagen at the site of the wound. They occur most often when there’s too much tension around a healing wound.  The skin of this type of scar is not as flexible as it was once was, so you may actually have restricted movement.

These thick clusters of scar tissues are raised like keloid scars, but they tend to be milder, and don’t grow past of the original skin injury.

Hypertrophic scars are red and raised to begin with but after time they become flat and pale.

Treating Your Scars

Scar revision is one of the most challenging plastic surgery treatments. It should be left up to the most well trained and experienced surgeons like Dr. Kami Parsa. If you’ve been looking for an esteemed oculoplastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, then give us a call today!

Posted on Behalf of Kami Parsa M.D.