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Posted last December 12, 2017, 10:43 am in Health report article

Almost everyone gets scars on their bodies — from the smallest leftover scrape to the much larger wounds from a car accident or surgery. What you may not know is that there are different kinds of scars, and the type of scar you have may determine if you are able to have scars removed successfully at some time in the future.

If you decide that you’d like to try to have a scar revised or removed, it’s helpful to know what type of scar you have before you visit your New York dermatologist. At your appointment, a good dermatologist can determine whether you’d be a good candidate for a procedure to improve the appearance of your scars. While there are other factors when trying to remove scars, the first is identifying the type of scar you have.

Surface Irregularities or Discolorations

These are scars that don’t cause you pain or impair function. Surface irregularities or discolorations are flat and pale. They form after an injury as a result of your body’s natural healing process. They may start out as red and raised, but over a period of time, they become flatter and blend better into your skin.

If the edges of your scar have come together neatly, you should have little remaining other than a thin pale line after about two years. It may never disappear completely, but it won’t be easily visible. If you have darker skin, the scar tissue may fade and leave a white or brown mark. Most acne scars and scars from minor wounds fall into this category.

Hypertrophic Scars

A hypertrophic scar is made up of thick clusters of scar tissue on the wound site. It’s the result of an imbalance of collagen in your skin during the healing process. The build-up eventually causes the scar tissue to grow thicker and less flexible than your surrounding skin.


This scar is raised and red, and it can be uncomfortable. Over time, it becomes not only thicker and wider, but also darker or lighter than your skin color. It may restrict your movement because the scar is not as flexible as the surrounding skin. While it doesn’t extend beyond the boundaries of your original wound, the skin continues to get thicker, month after month, up to five years.