Choosing a Treatment for Scars
the best treatment
for scars these days is a lot easier than it used to be. While they
can't be completely removed, the appearance of scars can be
improved through the methods listed below. Scar appearance and
treatment is based on the type, size, depth, blood supply to skin area,
thickness and scar color. If you have just gotten a scar, talk to your
Doctor about wound care during the healing process, as this can help.
In addition to methods such as surgery, steroid injections,
laser therapy and dermabrasian (sanding), there are a number of
over the counter products on the market that will improve the look of
scars in a very short time
Treatment for Scars by Type and Cause
To understand what treatment for scars will best work for you, you need
to know or understand, what caused the scars you do have, as there are
several kinds of scars. This is important, since different products are
formulated for each type of scar.
The four typical types and related treatment for scars are:
the result of healing gone awry with the production of too much
collagen.. The scar goes beyond the
injury site. They are thick mounds of scar tissue that are darker than
surrounding skin. Asians and blacks are prone to these types
Keloid Scar Treatment:
Steroid Injections are used to stop the formation of collagen and to
inflammation. Will also help with itch and
Scars: Raised, red and thick scars that stay within the
area that was injured. Similar to Keloid, but don’t
extend beyond the injury site. These types of scars occur in
people that have a fair complexion.
Treatment: Topical products such as Revitol
(see below). Injected steroids can also be of help. Surgery
can aid healing or to improve the appearance of the scar area.
Contracture scares are usually the result of a burn or major injury
(called scar contraction). Causes skin to tighten,
which pulls the scar edges together. It may affect the deeper tissues,
muscles and nerves, hindering the patients movement.
Treatment: Surgery is commonly used for contracture scars.
The scar is surgically removed and then replaced with a skin
graft using techniques called W or Z plasty.
Other approaches include scar resurfacing, where lasers (light) or
dermabrasian (sanding) are used to improve the appearance of the scar
smoothing it out.
Scars that are lower than than the skin surface can be improved with
- Acne Scars:
acne scars come in as many forms as the kind of acne you may
have. May range from pitting to wavelike scars. Treatment depends on
the type of acne scars you have:
Acne Scars: Looks like raised waves
Acne Scar Picture.
Treatment for scars like these includes skin resurfacing techniques
Source: Principles of Pediatric Dermatology
- Boxcar Acne
Scars: Pores dot the skin
Scars: Small scattered skin punctures
Acne Scar Treatment: To hide acne scars, several treatment
methods are available including acne scar surgery (reduce size of scars
so they can heal), laser skin resurfacing (deep boxcar scars who best
results), acne scar fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasian (removes
outer skin layer), dermabrasian (gradual removal of outer skin layer
Picture After Acne Scar
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
You will always have your scar(s), as they are a natural function of
your body healing after an injury. Several factors that will
have an impact on the characteristics of
the scar include the size of the wound, how deep it is, where it is
located on your body, your age, sex and ethnicity. These factors will
dictate how your scar heals.
In other words, no two people will react the same way when healing, and
no two people will have the same kinds of scars or need the same kind
of treatments. Scars are as unique as we are as people, despite that
fact that they may all look alike.
Some scars may stretch and pull the
skin, some may be almost invisible, some may be pitted and disfiguring
and some may be overgrown past the injury site.
Treatment for Scars 1 Week After Surgery
This scar home remedy is to help keep scar tissue from forming.
- 1/4 teason turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon myrrh
- Pinch of saffron
- Mix above with warm water and honey if needed for
sweetness. Drink mixture 2x per day.
Treatment for Scars after They Have Formed
Scar Treatment options range from over the counter topical products,
surgery, injections and more. While scars can't be eliminated, the goal
is always the same, to improve skin appearance.
The most popular options that are used for treatment for scars are
Scar Creams and Coverups
Creams and over the counter scar treatments are primarily used for
scars caused by an injury, surgery or a skin trauma or wound.
- Over-the-counter or prescription creams, ointments or gels
can help to reduce the appearance of scars. Popular products, such as Revitol use all-natural
ingredients to fortify the skin with proteins and vitamins in order to
reduce the appearance of scars caused by acne and burns.
is the #1 Doctor and pharmacist recommended choice for making scars
less noticeable through softening and smoothing.. It is used to reduce
the appearance of acne scars, burn scars, surgical scars, and scars
Gel or Cream: this product is made from flowers that can
reduce inflammation and promote wound healing..
Scar itch Treatment
- Antihistamine creams for scars that itch
- Homeopathic natural itch products such as Itch
Scar Surgical Options (called scar revision)
When a scar is more visible, such as a deep scar or burn, then surgical
procedures are often the best treatment for scars choice.
best on scars that are long or wide. Surgery is often used
together with steroid injection.
- Laser surgery
- Surgical removal or excision: this approach is not often
used, as it can result in a larger scar forming when the surgical
removal heals. Microdermabrasion is a similar procedure where crystals
are "blasted" against the skin to shape the surface.
- Skin grafts: skin is moved from another area of
the body to the scar area, such as when a person's skin is burned.
- Dermabrasion (skin planing): in this type of procedure the
skin is frozen and then sanded down.
If a scar goes beyond the boundaries of a wound, it is referred to as a
Keloid scar or Hypertrophic scar. For these types of scars, a
Doctor might recommend treatment for scars that use steroid injections.
type of therapy helps to reduce scar redness, flattens the scar and
helps with symptoms such as itch.
- Steroid injections such as gluccorticoids can help to
reduce scar sensitivity and size.
- Cryotherapy: the scar is frozen using nitrogen and then
injected with triamcinolone.
- Collagen injections:
- Other “filler” injections
Other Helpful Treatment for Scars Options
- Silicone gel
sheeting is a method where a thin plastic sheet is used to
seal moisture into the scar. These covers are available over the
counter in products such as ScarAway.
The sheets help to reduce itch, redness and thickness.
A massage therapist or yourself can use a technique called
"rolling" to break off scar tissue from scars that have healed. The
therapist will start at one end of the scar and using a pinch between
and thumb, move up the length of the scar, rolling the scar between the
fingers. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes for new scars
and 3 to 4 minutes when treating older scars. Apply vitamin
E oil after each rolling treatment. Do not
continue if the scar area worsens in terms of soreness or redness.
Among the natural treatment for scars is this scar aromatherapy
suggestion. Rose hip seed oil can be helpful in treating
scars such as chickenpox scars and keloids (large elevated scars).
- 1 ounce of rose hip seed oil
- 1 drop of rose oil
- 2 drops everlast oil (also called immortelle or
Store oil mixture in a dark glass bottle. Apply to scar
after shower or bath.
Note that oils can cause skin irritation in people with fair or
freckled skin, so be sure to test a bit on an out of the way skin area
using a cotton ball before regular use. Apply to the inside
of your wrist or inner elbow covered with a band aid for 24 hours.
If no irritation occurs, then you are not sensitive to
- Vitamin E:
This vitamin can be purchased in an oil or
vitamin and is rubbed directly on a scar.
- Cocoa butter:
Cocoa Butter such as Palmers
can help to smooth and blend the appearance of Scars into surrounding
If you have had surgery, be sure to consult with your Doctor
regarding treatment for
scars options. If you see your scar changing in
appearance or bleeding, be sure to consult a Doctor.
Treatment for Scars References:
New Choices in Natural Healing
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine; Swain, Liz; Longe, Jacqueline L.
American Academy of Dermatology