Scar reduction treatment includes simple topical applications, minimally invasive procedures as well as advanced surgical techniques to minimize scars. The goal is to reduce the visible signs of a scar so that it is less noticeable and merges well with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
Scarring is a natural and intrinsic part of the healing process after an injury. Surgery or an accident can leave a scar on the skin as a result of the injury or burn. Only when scars become cosmetically undesirable do they require a reduction treatment. The appearance of a scar depends on the depth of the wound and the location of the injury. Even age, genes, sex and ethnicity make a difference.
Signs & Symptoms:
Specialists at Medcare’s Dermatology Centre use their expertise to diagnose scars through a visual inspection. Sometimes, other skin conditions can form in a scar and require a biopsy in order to be diagnosed.
Diagnosis will determine the treatments required to remove scars which may include steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar, or surgery.
Since scars are part of the normal healing process, ordinary scars are not treated. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
A: Preventing infection and the resultant inflammation helps reduce the size of wounds which otherwise may develop into large, unsightly scars. Use a washcloth and soap and water to gently clean the crusts from wounds and keep the wound moist by keeping it covered with petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment. This will help reduce scars to a great extent.
A: Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Scars produce a structural change in the deeper layers of the skin which reflect as an alteration in the architecture of the normal surface of the skin. It is not just a change in skin colour.
A: When silicone products are applied, they create a certain kind of tension on the surface of the skin, which repairs broken blood vessels and causes excess collagen to shrink. Silicone products could be in the form of creams or adhesive sheets. Your doctor may advise you to apply these for a few hours every day, and it could take a few weeks to show results.
A: Steroid can reduce scars by breaking the bonds between collagen fibres. The anti-inflammatory properties of steroids also help to reduce redness or swelling.
A: Dermabrasion is very helpful for acne scarring but is also used for certain types of wrinkles and even tattoo removal.
A: Laser resurfacing treatment is used to reduce facial wrinkles and skin blemishes or acne scars. Short, concentrated, pulsating laser beams are directed at the affected areas, that removes the targeted skin layer by layer, with precision.