How are the physical properties of keloids and hypertrophic scars assessed?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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There is no objective method or reliable device to measure and assess the physical properties of keloids and hypertrophic scars, and they have generally been assessed subjectively using the Vancouver burn scar scale. A novel device, the Vesmeter, was recently studied by Niyaz et al for the quantification of the physical properties of keloids and hypertrophic scars. [3] Simultaneous automatic assessment of 6 physical properties were made (ie, skin elasticity, viscosity, viscoelastic ratio, penetration depth, relaxation time, hardness) is performed while the sensor is in contact with the lesion. Data are transmitted to a personal digital assistant (electronic handheld information device) via Bluetooth.


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