If you developed a scar from an accident or surgical procedure, you probably want to know how to get rid of it – or at least reduce its appearance. Some scars fade with time while others remain visible without a little extra care. Fortunately, various techniques exist to help treat and manage scars.
Scars develop as part of the healing process when the skin repairs open wounds. Deep injuries that cause a serious wound can lead to scarring during healing. There are several types of scars which each can require unique treatment to minimize their appearance.
A scar can be unsightly or even painful, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Fortunately, there are options for treating scars. You can discuss your treatment options with a doctor to determine the best course of action. Massage, movement, surface treatments, and surgery are all options that can improve the appearance of scarred skin.
Scar massage may be performed to promote healing and reduction of the appearance of the scar, especially ones that result from a surgical procedure. Massaging can help decrease the swelling at the site, such as after a tummy tuck or other surgery. It can reduce the firmness and redness around the area to make the scar less noticeable.
Exercise can help prevent the tightness and stiffness that come from scars. The right kind of exercise program will promote healing by breaking up the scar tissue. Exercise programs are often performed along with massage to increase blood flow and improve the range of motion in the scarred area.
Silicone gel can hydrate the scar tissue, which oftentimes softens the scar. The result is a flatter and paler scar and a reduction of collagen production. Silicone is often used on areas that are constantly in motion, such as the elbows and knees.
Massage is often used in the post-surgery healing process to reduce pain and itching related to the development of scar tissue. Regular massage can help soften potential scars and make them less noticeable. Massage is a useful technique that can be applied to older scars, as well. This scar treatment often includes using various textures during the massage to help desensitize the scar and reduce pain. This process can take several months.
Some scars respond to steroid injections, which helps to reduce their size. While it is most often used with keloid scarring, it doesn’t prevent them from returning.
Surgery is usually the last resort because it can cause an even larger scar to appear. However, it may be done along with other treatment options. Laser skin resurfacing is a type of treatment that removes the top layer of skin and can reduce or get rid of imperfections. If the scar isn’t too deep this type of procedure may be successful.
Even when surgery is the next option, it can’t be completed until at least a year after the injury or treatment that caused the scarring. Scars can take as long as a year to become mature. At this point, it’s usually lighter in color and has a smoother appearance. After a year, scars are also less likely to be as sensitive.
At Dr. Leo Lapuerta, you can expect to work with an experienced team who will guide you through consultation on treatments and procedures. We offer a relaxed environment and encourage you to ask questions or voice concerns.
Whether you have an existing scar you’d like to minimize, or if you are having a surgical procedure performed and are worried about scarring, we are here to help. We discuss scarring with you right up front and our plan to minimize scarring and to promote healing.
If you have scars that you would like to be less noticeable, schedule a scar treatment consultation today to find out how we can help you. We’ll discuss your options and help you decide on the best treatment.
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Don’t let scars define your life or the way you look. Contact Dr. Leo Lapuerta to find out about the best treatment options for scars today.