Battling Blemishes: How to Treat ScarsSep 28, 2016
If you have scars, it may seem like you're doomed to see them for the rest of your life. Scars can occur from any number of circumstances, including c-sections, burns, cuts, and medical surgeries. No matter how you incurred your scars, they probably remind you of a specific time in your life every time you look at them, and if you're like many people, you'd gladly make them disappear if you could.
Thanks to today's modern medical technologies, you now have options that can help you treat your scars. A number of different treatments can help soften the affected area, causing the irritated portion to fade.
If we've piqued your interest, here are a few scar treatment options to consider:
Silicone Sheeting or Gel
Silicone is one of the medical community's best friends. It has the ability to mimic natural skin, acting as a protective barrier to the scarred layer of tissue. Silicone becomes a hydrating agent for the skin its protecting, softening the scar tissue and allowing it to heal more safely than it would if it were exposed. Scar tissue is delicate and can itch or burn if left unprotected; the supple hydrating layer of silicone helps to alleviate this itching and burning sensation as the skin heals.
Lasers can do amazing things these days, and they can be very effective in the treatment of scars. Laser resurfacing can generally be done in one of two ways: Removing the skin surface with lasers or using lasers to work on the collagen within the skin while avoiding removal of the top layer. Although this method is generally minimally invasive, it is still surgery, and you should have an open dialog with your doctor before choosing this option.
Injections & Fillers
Raised scars may be flattened with steroid injections. Sunken scars can be raised with injectable fillers. While these are both great temporary fixes for the right candidates, they're typically not permanent, and the upkeep can be quite costly. It's important to consider long-term needs before jumping into a short-term fix.
If you've been battling blemishes and trying to treat your scars, we welcome you to join in the conversation by adding a comment to the section below!