When one has surgery, whether for medical or cosmetic reasons, one of the concerns that come to mind is scarring. We cannot escape the possibility of scars from forming because this is a natural part of the body’s healing process.
The length and type of scar will depend on the procedure done. The bigger the trauma, the more it takes for the wound to heal increasing the chances of a scar to become noticeable. And, in the event that surgical scars do form, there are certain measures and procedures that can be done to reduce or minimize its appearance.
A sweet measure to treat scars is to place some honey on a dressing and apply it over the scar several times a day. Make sure to spread it all over the dressing so that it can adequately cover the wounded area. According to studies, wounds respond particularly well with honey application. They are able to heal quickly which can result to minimal scarring.
A reason why honey works in scar is because it has a rich vitamin E content. This now brings us to our second remedy – Vitamin E. Whether you take it orally or apply it topically, Vitamin E can work its magic with scars. First of all, it can help in hastening wound healing, which significantly cuts the chances of scarring. Adding to that, it also helps minimize the appearance of scar, as it promotes skin repair and tissue building.
You can get vitamin E through your diet or with supplementation. But, you have to ask your doctor whether it is contraindicated for you or not. Topical preparations that are formulated with vitamin E are often safe to use, such as creams, lotions, and oils.
Silicone Gel Sheeting
This treatment can be done once the surgical wound has healed or according to the timing specified by your surgeon.
If you are treating an old scar, you would not need additional time for healing. What you need to do first is to shave any hairs around the scar to allow the silicone gel sheet to bind effectively to the area. Then, apply the silicone sheet over the scar and leave it on for 12-24 hours. In most cases, it takes two months for you to be able to notice an improvement with old scars.
But for fresh surgical wounds, the silicone gel sheet can prevent a noticeable scar from forming. The good thing about it is that some gel sheets are actually washable and reusable.
Did you know that onion extract can help reduce the overproduction of collagen in a scar tissue? Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, it can prevent newly healed wounds from healing longer. Topical application of onion extract can minimize the appearance of scars and even stretch marks. For better and faster results, it should be applied 3-4 times a day.
If you are brave enough to subject yourself to something more traumatic than the previous methods mentioned, you can have your surgery scar removed with another surgery. Doctors can actually surgically remove scar tissue, which resulted from a previous surgical procedure. After the surgeon removes the tissue, the area is sutured and placed with a graft to minimize the chances of scarring. This skin graft is often taken from behind the ear. Surgery is preferred for deep scarring and even acne scars that are pitted.
Scars can also be flattened with the help of corticosteroids. With the help of steroidal drugs or cortisone injections, the scar tissue that developed on the incision site can be softened. The reason behind it is because collagen production, which creates protruded scars, is inhibited. As a result, scars are made to shrink and eventually flatten becoming leveled with the rest of your skin.
This rather advance method of treating scars are for those who have the extra cash to spare. What happens here is that your doctor will apply a substance over the scar tissue that freezes it. The extreme low temperature will cause the skin to blister, which then leads it to slough off. Once it is peeled, new skin will start to grow in its place.
Another way to deal with scars is through scar pigmentation, or more popularly known as cosmetic tattooing. Using a hue that is similar to the color of the skin surrounding the scar, the artist applies it over the scar. With a good hand, this can certainly conceal any scarring. But, there is also a good chance that it might appear again if you sunbathe.
For deep surgical scars, or those that create a depression on the skin, you can have this injected with hyaluronic acid and collagen. A dermatologist or licensed aesthetician will perform this procedure. Using dermal fillers, she can “fill” in those pitted areas. But, this would require repeated sessions to maintain the result.
You can also treat surgical scars with a chemical peel. As its name imply, the surface layer of the incisions site can be removed due to the acidic agent applied. Aside from removing discolored skin tissue on the surface, it also promotes the production of new skin cells which takes on a similar color and texture to surrounding skin.
When you undergo surgery, for whatever reason it may be, you always hope that all is well after all the preparations, procedure and post-operative care has been done. However, if it leaves an unsightly and rather noticeable scarring, it can get pretty frustrating to a point. So, the next time that you will be going under the knife, for health or aesthetic reasons, take note of these scarring remedies and come out looking untouched with a scarless skin.