Hypertrophic scar treatment

In this episode of PodMD, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Helen Douglas will be discussing the topic of hypertrophic scars, including what hypertrophic scars are, the most common causes, the treatment options available, how a GP can assist in assessment and management, when to refer and more.


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    *As always, all in this PODMD podcast is intended for health professionals and the comments are of a general nature. Information given is not intended as specific medical advice pertaining to any given patient. If you have a clinical issue with one of your patients please seek appropriate advice from a colleague with expertise in the area.

    Today I’d like to welcome to the PodMD studio Dr Helen Douglas

    Dr Helen Douglas is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon at The Scar Clinic Perth, specialising in burns, scarring and laser treatments.

    Dr Douglas graduated in medicine in 2004, before starting her specialist plastic surgery training in the UK in 2011 which she completed in Perth, WA. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was awarded the prestigious Ian McGregor Gold Medal for outstanding performance in her specialist examinations in 2015. Helen is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia and a Clinical Tutor at Cardiff University where she undertook her Master’s degree in Laser and Wound Healing and has done 2 laser fellowships.

    Today, we’ll be discussing the topic of hypertrophic scar treatment.

    *We do hope you enjoy this podcast but please remember that the advice here is of a general nature and is not intended as specific advice about a given patient. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the doctor, not PodMD.
    If you do have a patient on whom you require specific advice, then please seek advice from a colleague with appropriate expertise in that area.

    Question 1
    The topic of today’s discussion is Hypertrophic scar treatment. Helen, can you firstly give us a brief overview about hypertrophic scars?

    Helen:

    Question 2
    What are the most common causes of hypertrophic scar formation in patients?

    Helen:

    Question 3
    Could you provide an overview of the various treatment options available for hypertrophic scars?

    Helen:

    Question 4
    Are there emerging therapies or innovative techniques in the field of hypertrophic scar treatment?

    Helen:

    Question 5
    What are the criteria for determining whether a patient is a suitable candidate for surgical or laser interventions?

    Helen:

    Question 6
    How can patients actively participate in their own hypertrophic scar management?

    Helen:

    Question 7
    What is the typical role of a GP in the initial assessment and management of patients with hypertrophic scars?

    Helen:

    Question 8
    When should a GP refer a patient for treatment?

    Helen:

    Concluding Question
    Thank you for your time here today in the PodMD studio. To sum up for us, could you please identify the three key take home messages from today’s podcast on hypertrophic scar treatment

    Helen:

    Thanks for your time and the insights you’ve provided.

    Helen: Thank you

*As always, all in this PODMD podcast is intended for health professionals and the comments are of a general nature. Information given is not intended as specific medical advice pertaining to any given patient. If you have a clinical issue with one of your patients please seek appropriate advice from a colleague with expertise in the area.