Scars can occur in all shapes and sizes after injury, burn or surgery. It is not something you’d like to flaunt. Though they stay with you for your life, there are many methods that light and minimize the size of scars.
Scars over the skin are the disturbing reminder of surgery, burns and injury, no matter how big or small they are. It is just like how a small tear makes a big difference in the appearance of a piece of silk.
Scarring is a sign of the aggressive healing of the body after an injury. Its appearance is determined by the depth and size of the wound or cut and the site of the surgery or injury. Apart from that, age, genes, sex and ethnicity do matter.
Because scarring varies from person to person, it is not necessary that you get rid of a scar’s appearance completely.
While scarring is a natural process as the body heals and doesn’t pose health risk, it affects the self-esteem of a person, even if it is on the area that’s easy to conceal.
Scars are likely to be on the skin for a lifetime. There are many methods to minimize its size and lighten its appearance, from OTC medications, shots, to surgical removal or treatment.
Here we will go through such methods to ease the appearance of scars over your body.
Over the Counter Medications:
Over the counter medications like gels, creams, and ointments are used for the scars caused by wounds, injuries and cuts.
If your scarring is caused by cosmetic or plastic surgery, ask your surgeon for the OTC medication to lighten the scars. Many treatments include steroid and other oral antihistamines for scars which make your skin itchy and sensitive as well. Similarly, you can ask your dermatologist if cream can work for your acne scars. A physician also recommends or uses silicone gel or pressure treatment to minimize scars.
You should use an antibiotic cream over the surgical incisions once the incision has stopped bleeding. It is useful to prevent harmful bacteria from infected site, which lets the body to start healing and repair.
Surgical Removal or Treatment:
Many people opt for surgical removal or treatment to treat their scars, especially if the scars are deep and look dreadful. These treatments include dermabrasion, skin grafts, excision, or laser surgery.
- Dermabrasion is a process in which a dermatologist or aesthetician uses a spray of very tiny crystals to remove surface skin.
- Skin grafting is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the skin from another area of the body to use it over the scar. This is generally used in burn case.
- Laser treatment is a popular option to treat scars. It is performed in a dermatologist’s office and at a skin laser clinic. Laser can lighten the appearance of the scars and possible erase them, depending on the depth.
There are three main types of skin laser treatments available:
- Laser resurfacing, sometimes referred to as “ablative” laser resurfacing
- Fractionated laser resurfacing
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing
However, it can’t be denied that laser process hurts because of the intense laser beams to be directed at the skin. This is why a laser practitioner recommends topical anesthetic like numbing creams to prevent pain.
Make sure to keep the gap of one year between your surgery and scar treatment. This is because many scars tend to fade and become less noticeable on their own over the time.
A physician may recommend you steroid injects for the scars like keloids or hypertrophic. The shots can be given individually or with other treatments.
Apart from that, collagen or other fillers are used to treat scars.
Skin needling is used for acne scarring. A skin needling practitioner uses very fine needles to create tiny puncture over the skin. To heal these punctures, skin produces collagen which may minimize the appearance of acne scars.
Home Remedies for Scars:
Some home remedies can help you treat scars at home which are…
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil:
Raw shea butter or coconut oil is useful to prevent scar from getting too large, itchy and deep. Both remedies are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to hinder scar tissue and repair skin. As an added bonus, shea butter and coconut oil are natural skin moisturizers, making them efficient in minimizing the scarring. All you need to apply shea butter or coconut to the affected area two to three times a day.
Onion extracts contain bioflavonoids like quercetin, cepalin and kaempferol. It can lighten the appearance of the scars when applied for four to eight weeks.
Aloe vera is an effective home remedy for scars, thanks to its healing property. It is simple to use. Just peel its outer green cover to extract a gel like substance. Apply the gel directly to the scarred area. Wait for a half hour or longer if possible.