Scars Reduction Methods

No one is safe from injury, burns or surgery. As you know, after these unpleasant events on our body and face, scars appear. While large and deep scars require surgery or laser treatment, the small and superficial ones can be treated quite independently, using means of reduction of scarring.

Skin and other tissues of the body have a remarkable ability to heal. If you have enough time and suitable conditions, skin, nerves and blood vessels can regenerate and gradually tighten the wound. However, if the wound is deep, it can become infected and will remain open for a long time. Its place is most likely taken by a noticeable scar. A scar is just a cluster of abnormal skin cells. It can be subtle, inflexible and hard to the touch, white or dark. Sometimes the scar can be so rigid and fibrous that begins to affect the joints. It’s easier to take care of it in the beginning than to fix it later.

Getting rid of scars completely will be difficult, but scars reduction is possible. In subsequent paragraphs, you shall be educated on various “Do It Yourself” methods to reduce scars.

1. Most of the scars remain due to wrong wound care. Therefore, when handling fresh scars, it is necessary to carry out a good primary treatment. For this purpose, use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, vodka, or iodine to clean the wound of contamination, dirt, impurities and decreases harmful microbes. Thereafter proceed to treat the scar.

2. Purchase over the counter antibacterial ointment to promote healing and reduce the size of scars, such as: Contractubex, dermatiks, solkoseril, methyluracil etc. But keep in mind that the effect will be better if you use a wound-healing ointment on fresh scars. Do not apply any ointment yourself without consulting your doctor, because when used incorrectly, they can aggravate the condition.

3. In order to reduce old scars, use vitamin E oil on the scar daily for a month and you will notice a decrease in its size. Vitamin E also promotes rapid healing of wounds and reduces the size of the scars which appear after healing.

4. Use Rosehip oil, which has a strong regenerative effect and helps scars reduction.

5. Do not brush a rash, especially of chickenpox. Scars are caused by scratching the rash. If your child is ill with chicken pox, give antihistamines as soon as it starts to itch, after consulting a medic.

6. Lubricate the scar with hydrocortisone ointment to suppress itching and involuntary scratching. If it does not relieve itching, your doctor may prescribe an ointment with a higher concentration of the substance.

7. Apply aloe as it contains a number of active ingredients that are useful for healing wounds and helps to reduce inflammation, swelling and itching. It retains moisture in wounds or burns, which helps healing. Apply aloe on the new cuts or burns two to three times a day or more.

8. Stay in the shade. Tissues of wounds may darken if it comes under the sun. So it is advised to keep it away from sun at least for two weeks after the injury. Use a band-aid or as soon as the wound is healed enough, a sunscreen.

9. Do not touch the crust. If you separate the crust of a wound before it disappears by itself by pulling out a piece of skin from the middle of the wound, the likelihood that the injury will be overgrown with a recess inside increases.

10. Apply Silicone gels. The main property of the gel is that it does not let the scar tissue grow, as a thin film of silicone protects against mechanical damage, moisturizes the skin and improves elasticity of the scar. The advantage of such a gel is that it can be used both to prevent and to improve the appearance of existing scars. It has the ability to smooth and soften the protruding scars. If the scar is itchy, the gel minimizes the discomfort. A thin layer of gel should be applied because it is important that the skin under the film breathes. The minimum period of use of silicone gel is about 2 months. Usually, to achieve a stable long-term effect, the gel is used for six months.

11. Silicone Sheets Silicone sheets are effective in minimizing the scar, although it may take several months to see improvement. You can find several brands at your local pharmacy.

Apart from these ways of scars reduction that can be practiced at home, here are few more ways to do so if your pocket allows and you are willing to walk that extra mile to pursue reduction or even elimination of scars.

1. Steroid injections.

For the scars that cannot be treated by other treatments, steroid injections can provide some respite. It is more effective against difficult scars. You need several rounds of injections, and injections can be painful. They provide a long term solution with minimal side effects. Injectable steroids can be used before, during or after the surgery. Injection of cortisone (steroid) shots on an average of once a month will make the difference recognizable in a period of 3 to 6 months.

2. Radiotherapy.

Its use is suggested only in very extreme cases. With this method, one can prevent severe scarring from recurring. However, long-term side effects are the risk of radiation-induced cancer.

3. Chemical peels.

It is a minor form of surgery. In many places, cosmetologists are allowed to perform this process. A layer of skin is removed using chemicals and a new layer of skin is allowed to form thereby reducing scarring. Chemical peels are not only able to “tighten” atrophic and hypertrophic scars, but also provide rejuvenating effect. This feature makes this method of treatment of scars especially popular among customers. Scar removal by peeling takes place in a clinic and requires no recovery time. Scabs on the skin do not appear as mild skin peeling takes place in 7-10 days.

4. Plastic surgery.

A surgeon or a dermatologist, particularly specializing in cosmetic surgery, has the skills and abilities to reduce scars. In contrast to a general practitioner who would treat wound by putting a row of stitches, or worse (but faster), fasten the edge brackets, a cosmetic surgeon will impose catgut suture under the skin surface and an extra at the top. The upper seam dissolves in just a few days after the fused edges of the wound.

5. Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a process carried out in the skin by means of small crystals. If your scars are superficial, microdermabrasion can help, however, if the scar is much bigger and raised, go for more invasive dermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical procedure that allows you to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin in one afternoon. As explained in medical journals and countless women’s magazines, the microdermabrasion procedure uses a fine mist of crystals to smoothen the skin. The combination of mild abrasive action of the glass with vacuum suction to remove the dead layer of skin produces new skin with a smoother and more uniform texture of the surface.

A full program of microdermabrasion usually requires several treatments, depending on your specific needs. The procedure involves no downtime and minimal discomfort during the procedure, and requires no anesthesia or recovery time. Patients can return to normal activities immediately. All skin colors can be treated with this procedure. It is a wonderful way to get younger looking skin with more vitality, without interrupting lifestyle.

Microdermabrasion is one of the safest rejuvenation procedures that exist in the market today. In the hands of trained professionals, microdermabrasion can improve the results of other procedures and products for skin rejuvenation. The procedure has been performed with good results in men and women on moderate acne scars and some facial scars.

6. Laser Resurfacing:

The concept is similar to microdermabrasion. Using different types of lasers, the dermatologist resurrects different types of scars. The color of your scar will dictate the use of laser and can determine your ability to get the procedure done.
After being fed with so much information on scar reduction techniques, one would wonder which one to go for? While selecting the means for the reduction of scarring, you need to understand that these methods are only a way to diminish the scar marks and not completely eliminate them. The treatment will further depend on the scar to be treated and on your body’s response to the treatment. It is advised to show the scar to your doctor before you decide to undergo a treatment. Beware! Sometimes you can get the opposite effects too.