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Hypertrophic scar on my shoulder! WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

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Hypertrophic scar on my shoulder! WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Postby kim_shady_2010 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:39 am

I have a hypertrophic scar (following tattoo excision). It stretched to 1cm wide and 8cm long. It is shiny and unsightly and have covered up my arm for almost two years. About 2 months ago, I had a silicone deltoid implant because the scar left a HUGE indentation in my upper arm. Now, thankfully I have some shape back, although not perfect, but very happy that there was a solution to tackle the problem. The biggest problem is the scar! I am determined to get rid of this scar one way or another! What I am looking for is the best way to do that. I've heard of tissue expansion, skin grafting. It is a linear scar, so I wondered if it can be cut out and closed up without needing a skin graft, but I worry that the area will lose volume and shape. ... Laser treatments will not help me, so I think cutting out the scar is the only option for me, and either 1) stitching the edges back together with no graft. 2) Or skin graft, and if so, I would only go ahead with skin graft if the skin would be taken from under my arm, (the part that jiggles when you wave) :) I just couldn't accept having a donor site anywhere else on my body - I can't deal with another visible scar!

The scar has depressed me, and I am not as mentally strong as some others in dealing with scars. I just want some answers, a surgeon that can give me what I need. I'm in the UK and they are really conservative here- "learn to live with it" one surgeon told me!!! No, I can't live with it!

I will travel anywhere to get this fixed. I'm on a mission, and wont rest until I exhaust all options available.

Can anyone help me????
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Re: Hypertrophic scar on my shoulder! WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Postby cupie2 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:27 pm

Well I'm not a surgeon, but a fellow person with a hypertrophic scar from breast surgery 5yrs ago. I'm back on this site searching for some coverup concealer at this point because part of the scar shows in my cleavage area that doesn't allow me to wear low cut tops. I can tell you that cutting out the scar won't help because I was told that the hypertrophic healing of a scar has to do with our body making an excess of Collagen, (a protein we produce)during the skin healing process. As far as I know, and believe me I've searched, there is nothing we can do about getting ourselves to produce less Collagen. I had my scar redone 6mos after the intitial, and in the healing it did the same thing. Over 5yrs it has improved...in the feeling like a cord has been sewn into my skin... but its still noticeable, the redness of it.
Good luck...
Post if you come up with a lasting solution.
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Re: Hypertrophic scar on my shoulder! WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Postby lolacinco » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:30 am

Hi, I have the same issue as the original poster. I had a tattoo removed. But in my case, the following happened.

my skin got badly burnt and I had a huge blister about the size of a baby's fist. I had that popped and then I did not let the burn heal because it kept getting stuck to gauze and I kept changing the gauze. I did not apply any creams either. Ended up with a hypertofic scar.

Had steroid injections that did lower the scar a bit, but 4 years later I still have about half inch raised scar.

now, fast forwad to last month. I had a bad burn on my wrist. I had a blister and then a hole on the blister site when it popped. Lots of yellow oozing fluid. Same like the tattoo burn. This time I used a cream called cicalfate (from avene) and now I do not have a raised scar and it's slightly red but i do not have excess collagen.

i showed this to my PS yesterday and he suggested he takes the scar out in two times. Mine is a circle, so he does not want to risk the skin getting pulled too tight.

I am getting this procedure done next week. Will update soon.
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Re: Hypertrophic scar on my shoulder! WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Postby SharonAnneS » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:57 am

Hi, in response to your question, Kelo-cote is the product that I have found that works best. I have surgical scars and started using it once my scars had healed and the wound was completely closed! It won't get rid of your hypertrophic scar but it will minimize it's appearance. Give it a try, let me know if it works for you. :)
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