What treatments are available for your scarring after cosmetic surgery?
18 May 2022 | Admin
With scarring being the body’s natural response to damage – whatever the cause of that damage – it is important to realise that in the case of any cut or incision in the skin, a scar will be left behind. It is not possible to completely remove a scar, but with well-chosen treatments, you can help minimise its appearance while maximising your comfort and ability to move freely.
So, if you do wish to take every step possible to make your scars less visible, what scar treatments might you consider?
Silicone gels and patches
If there is one particular type of scar treatment that you are likely to consistently hear good things about, it is silicone. As your skin heals, silicone sheets and gels can help make your scars flatter and softer, in addition to relieving itching.
The demonstrated clinical efficacy of silicone – and the fact that the International Advisory Panel on Scar Management recommends it – should make it unsurprising that we offer so many silicone-based scar treatments here at RECOVA.
Those include options like Biodermis-Xeragel Scar Gel, Epi-Derm Areola Circles, and Epi-Derm Silicone Gel Long Strips, which are all highly proven products.
Skin camouflage (make-up)
If you have facial scarring in particular, you might take an interest in the waterproof make-up pharmacies sell, that is specifically designed to help cover scars.
The charity Changing Faces may be able to help you with the use of these products, with their skin camouflage practitioners determining the best colour match for your skin tone, and teaching you how to effectively apply the make-up. You can then expect it to remain in place for two or three days.
Also sometimes referred to as ‘light therapy’, this treatment targets the blood vessels in excess scar tissue to help reduce the redness in the given area of scarring.
However, the lack of long-term research demonstrating laser therapy’s safety and effectiveness, makes it especially important that if you do choose this route, you only place your faith in a fully trained medical practitioner who has a good track record of improving scars.
Dermal fillers are substances that you might arrange to have injected to help “plump up” areas of pitted scarring. However, these treatments can be expensive, particularly given that repeated injections are typically needed in order to maintain the desired effect.
Scar reduction surgery
It might seem counterproductive to undergo further surgery if you are concerned about a scar that arose through surgery in the first place. However, this may be a suitable solution in some instances, such as if surgery could help make the scarred area look more natural, or if you have a tight scar that is close to a joint and therefore currently compromising your movement.
Again, however, it is crucial to ensure that any plastic surgeon who carries out this surgery on you is fully trained and has a high level of experience in scar reduction surgery. Even if they do, there are the usual risks of surgery to consider, and there is no guarantee that surgery will not simply make the scar look worse. So, careful consideration of the pros and cons is vital.
The above is not necessarily an exhaustive list of your options for scar treatments, depending on your circumstances and the nature of your scarring. However, it will hopefully provide you with some inspiration as you consider the possibilities.
Here at RECOVA, we are proud to make available an extensive range of scar treatments that have won the approval of plastic surgeons and dermatologists around the world, and that are greatly trusted by our own customers. So why wait any longer to browse our online store, while also taking advantage of our next-day delivery service?