Scars Treatment Tips

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Scarring is a very common problem that affects almost everyone at some point in life. There are many things that can lead to scars, including acne, injury, surgery, lacerations, cuts, burns, skin disease, infection, or razor burns. Scars tend to have a negative effect on a person’s self esteem and image. The good news is that scars can be treated.

Scars Treatment Options 

There are several effective methods of treating scars and they include:

1. Over-the-counter (OTC) topical medication. There are a variety of OTC topical products that are designed to heal scars, or make them less noticeable. These products can be in the form of a scar treatment cream, gel or ointment. Although most of them are marketed to help minimize the look of acne scars, there are also others that can treat larger scars resulting from cuts or surgery. In addition, some products can help prevent scarring from injuries, wounds, or acne.
Some of the ingredients that are found in these OTC remedies include retinol, vitamin C, and glycolic acid – all of which are known to encourage skin healing, reducing the appearance of scars. 2 percent hydroquinone which reduces skin redness is also a common ingredient. You can easily purchase these products from pharmacies and skin care stores.

scar treatments2. Prescription scar treatment creams, ointments or gels. If you don’t realize any improvements after using OTC products, you need to consult a doctor or dermatologist. Your doctor can give you a more effective prescription scar treatment cream, ointment or gel. If you are suffering from severe scarring, your physician may recommend the use of silicon gel sheeting or pressure treatment. Note that, some of these medications have side effects such as itching, and you should strictly abide by the doctor’s advice.

3. Surgical scar treatment. Surgical scar removal is another treatment option for severe scarring. Depending on your situation, your dermatologist can recommend any of these procedures: laser surgery, dermabrasion, excision, or skin grafts,

Laser scar removal or laser resurfacing involves the burning off of the scar tissue using lasers such as erbium and carbon dioxide lasers. Once the scar tissue is burnt, new skin develops over the formerly-scarred surface, thus eliminating the scar. During treatment, direct sunlight must be avoided. Although it is quite effective, it can cause side effects such as redness and irritation.

Dermabrasion is simply the removal of the top layer of the skin. It’s usually done using a wired brush, which is rotated at high-speed on the skin. Its immediate side effects include skin redness and irritation. Like with laser surgery, direct sunlight must be avoided during treatment.

Skin grafting or surgery is usually carried out to deal with severe scarring. It involves the cutting away of the scar tissue from the skin and closing the wound with stitches or a skin graft.

4. Injections. Injections provide a temporary solution to scarring. During the injection treatment, collagen or any other “filler” is injected into the scar tissue, filling out and stretching the skin. This makes the scar less noticeable. For scars that stick out, steroid injections may be used. The only with this scar treatment option is that it needs to be repeated regularly, which can be costly.

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