There are many treatments for hypertrophic scars but the best treatment really depends on the patient and their specific scar. Some mild scars are best treated with daily massage and over-the-counter silicone sheets. More significant scars can be injected with steroid to reduce their substance. Depending on your skin color, lasers can be used to destroy scar tissue and redness. However, lasers can cause skin of color to change color and that is why it is very hard to speak in generalities. Furthermore, dermabrasion or even scar excision/revision are options. Your local board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be able to review your specific needs and make a plan of care that works best for you.
What is cortisone?
It is a hormone produced by a small gland on top of the kidney called the adrenal gland. It is essential to the proper functioning of your body, particularly when under stress. Its absence is known as Addison's Disease, which without treatment is fatal. Cortisone is a normal body product therefore; there are no allergic reactions. In cases of people with severe allergies, it is one of our most effective treatment tools. Cortisone by itself is rarely used today as it is relatively short acting and of low potency. Semi-artificial cortisone derivatives, such as DepoMedrol, Celestone, Kenalog, and a number of others, are used with increased benefits and fewer side effects.