Scars - what can you do about it?

Depending on the nature of your scar, you can choose from a variety of treatment options. From injections, injections and surgical interventions, to therapies such as pressure bandages, massages, ointments and creams.

laser

There are different laser types and techniques to treat scars. Here a comprehensive consultation by a specialist is recommended.

Possible risks:

  • pigmentary disorders
  • Long-lasting redness
  • High probability of scar formation

Note:

  • expensive

surgery

Scar bulges (keloids) are removed using a special cutting technique (often used in combination with other treatment options).

Possible risks:

  • High probability of new formation of such a scar.

Nonsurgical

The injection of cortisone into scar tissue causes a reduction of the connective tissue. The scar becomes flatter.

Possible risks:

  • The skin becomes thinner
  • Formation of fine red veins
  • pigmentary disorders

Note:

  • Method is painful
  • Scar pits can be injected (filled in) with collagen.

cryotherapy

Scar growths or bulges are frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Possible risks:

  • Occurrence of pigmentary disorders
  • High probability of scar formation

Note:

  • Only suitable for small scars
  • Method is painful

Abrasion

Scars can be smoothed by sanding.

Possible risks:

  • pigmentary disorders
  • High probability of scar formation

Note:

  • For large scars, general anesthesia may be required.
  • Usually, a post-treatment must be carried out.

pressure bandages

They are used in large-scale injuries (such as burn injuries) to positively influence scar formation.

Application problems:

  • For a good result, the bandage should be worn for several months - permanently

Ointments and creams

The massage with ointments and creams promotes the circulation of the scar tissue and helps to make the scar smooth and unobtrusive.

Application problems:

  • Time-consuming application over many months

Note:

  • Efficacy only medically proven for medicinal products

Silicone gel sheets / pillows

Silicone injections as a means of preventing and treating eye-catching scars is internationally recognized. Its effectiveness is medically very well documented.

Application problems:

  • Previous silicone gel foils / pillows are impractical in daily use.

There are so-called "disposable products": they have to be cut exactly every time they are renewed. And there are "reusable" products: they do not need to be re-cut every time, but this will require daily cleaning.

For both product types:

  • On moving parts of the body (eg shoulder, back, joints), they usually need to be fixed with plaster so that they do not detach.
  • They are visible.
  • Overpainting is not possible. No discrete therapy.

Conclusion

There are many treatment options that are justified depending on the type of scar, but they often have some disadvantages: they are sometimes painful, very expensive, time-consuming and impractical, or their effectiveness is not medically proven. Today, modern scar therapy begins right after wound healing, so that it does not even come to scar growth. Silicone is recommended internationally as a first-choice treatment for the prevention of eye-catching or irritating scars and scar treatment.

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