A hypertrophic scar is a scar that is raised due to deposits of excessive amounts of collagen. They generally form at the site of cuts, burns, body piercings, and even pimples after an injury that reaches the deep layers of the dermis. Typically thick and red, hypertrophic scars can be painful or itchy. Over the first six months, they might continue to thicken, but the scar will not extend beyond the site of the injury. It can take up to two years for the appearance of hypertrophic scars to improve, forcing people to live with the pain and itching for a long time. People may also suffer restriction of movement if the scar forms near a joint.
Some people are simply prone to this kind of scarring. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of people form hypertrophic scars where they have been tattooed, leaving many to wonder how this would affect their ability to undergo laser tattoo removal. Likely, it will be recommended that laser tattoo removal treatments be put on hold until the scar has healed. Other options are to undergo scar laser treatments or injections that will help speed up the healing process.
Hypertrophic scars can also form after laser tattoo removal sessions if a person is prone to this type of scarring or if the laser technician performs the treatment incorrectly. Someone who’s prone to this type of scarring should always tell his or her licensed medical technician before treatments are performed.