Get Rid of a Hypertrophic Scar

Edited by Calob Horton, Anonymous, Eng

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Hypertrophic scars are very similar to keloid scars, but they aren't as aggressive. Still caused by excessive collagen, hypertrophic scars do not extend past the original injury. They can, however, continually grow for up to two years after the injury; impeded movement is still a concern here.

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Medical Treatments

As with keloid scars, treatments for hypertrophic scars depend on how extreme the case has progressed.

Steroid Injections

Steroid injections can also treat hypertrophic scars. Talk to your doctor about steroid injections -- not everyone will be able to accept the treatment.

Pressure Treatment

Silicone sheets can help to flatten your hypertrophic scars, as well. You can purchase silicone sheets here.


Hypertrophic scars can be surgically removed, too, but you should wait to make a decision until two years have passed. Hypertrophic scars stop growing and start to improve two years after the injury.

Natural Treatment

If you prefer a more natural route to getting rid of your hypertrophic scars, you can try one of these treatments.

Vitamin E Cream

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    Buy Vitamin E cream.
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    Apply the cream to the affected area by thoroughly rubbing into the scar.
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    Make sure you rub it in as you would a lotion; you do not need to wash the cream off.
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    Repeat this process twice daily.
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Massage the Scar

Massaging your hypertrophic scar can break up the excess collagen and reduce the size of the scar.

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    Gently pinch and roll your fingers around the scar.
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    Do this several times a day.
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