Getting Rid of Scars

Getting Rid of Scars

Getting Rid of Scars e1314365340608 Getting Rid of ScarsScars are a permanent mark left in the skin from a wound, sore, or surgery.  They are usually permanent.  The size of the scar depends on the size of the wound, the depth of the wound, and the location of the wound.  Some other factors that need to be considered when it comes to how much scarring there be is, age, pigmentation, and heredity.

Wound Care is the best way to hinder scarring.  It is important to keep the wound clean and covered.  Keeping the wound, covered, keeps it moist which can promote healing.  You also should keep the scar out of the sun.  The sun can slow down the healing process and cause skin  pigmentation that can make scars more noticeable.  Picking off the scab of a wound can also increase scarring.  Early proper wound care is essential in preventing and limiting scarring.

Surgery and accident scars have seen good results from massage.  Massaging the scar, with or without lotion, has been proven to increase blood flow, produce collagen, and helps the skin keep its elasticity.  This not only can promote the healing process it can reduce scarring.  It is recommended that the massage be performed by pressing on the scar until it turns white and working in all directions. 

Topical creams and silicone sheets and gels are products available for treating scars.  They are advertised to reduce scar visibility.  Topical cream studies have not proven they actually do what they say they can do.  The studies do however show that these creams can reduce redness and itch caused by the scar.  They also serve as a moisturizer.  Silicone gel and sheet studies have shown a reduction in the scarring although researchers don’t know why.  Silicone treatments work but they take time and patience.  For example a sheet needs to be worn for 12 hours a day every day for up to 12 weeks to see results.

There are medical procedures that can reduce and remove scars. Treatments are performed while patients are sedated, under local anesthesia and sometimes general anesthesia is required.  These procedures are usually performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

A few examples of some medical procedures are – dermabrasion, skin grafts, and injections.

Dermabrasion is a procedure where a wire brush removes the top skin layers so new skin can grow.  Skin grafts, are performed by removing a thin layer of skin from a healthy area of the body to replace the damaged skin.  Sometimes a skin graft will require a thicker layer of skin.  Injection of collagen is also a medical procedure that is proven effective for reducing and eliminating scars and excessive scar tissue.

It is best to speak to your doctor or a dermatologist to see if one of these procedures is best for you.  They will be able to discuss any risks that may be involved with these procedures.  As with any medical procedure, and the use of anesthesia,  there may be risks involved and only a qualified healthcare professional will be able to discuss these with you.