Is It a Hypertrophic Scar on Your Piercing

Is it a hypertrophic scar or keloid?

Hypertrophy means “large” and “sternum”. Keloids are Greek words meaning “cave”, which means both “face” and “eye”. So they mean, the face will look like a cave when the eye is removed. And there’s no doubt that keloids are ugly looking.

But what does it really mean to have a hypertrophic scar? What causes them? How do you remove them?

These questions are all answered in this article.

What Causes Hypertrophy Scars?

The answer to these questions depends on your body type and the kind of piercing you had. Some piercings don’t cause any problems at all, while others may cause some complications. For example, if you got a piercing from a metal object such as a nail, then you’ll probably experience some pain after removing the piercing. If the piercing was done on someone else’s body, then it might not even hurt at all. However, if you’ve gotten one of those piercings from an animal (or other sharp object), then chances are that the pain will be intense and could last for weeks or months.

How to Remove Hypertrophy Scars?

In most cases, hypertrophic scars are removed by plastic surgeons. However, dermatologists will also be able to remove hypertrophic scars. There are many ways to remove the scar:

1. If the scar is very small, then a laser can be used to burn off the scar tissue.

2. The second method is to cut off the top layer of skin and take out the bulk of the scar tissue.

What this basically does is create a “window”

Sources & references used in this article:

The efficacy of magnetic disks for the treatment of earlobe hypertrophic scar by CH Chang, JY Song, JH Park, SW Seo – Annals of plastic surgery, 2005 – journals.lww.com

Fibrillin‐1 and elastin are differentially expressed in hypertrophic scars and keloids by TP Amadeu, AS Braune, LC Porto… – Wound repair and …, 2004 – Wiley Online Library

Keloid: A case report and review of pathophysiology and differences between keloid and hypertrophic scars by S Hunasgi, A Koneru, M Vanishree… – Journal of oral and …, 2013 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Differences in collagen architecture between keloid, hypertrophic scar, normotrophic scar, and normal skin: an objective histopathological analysis by PDHM Verhaegen, PPM Van Zuijlen… – Wound Repair and …, 2009 – Wiley Online Library