Scars – what can you do about them?

Scars - what can you do about them?

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

Laser

There are different types and techniques of lasers to treat scars. Comprehensive advice from a specialist is recommended here.

Possible risks:

  • pigment disorders
  • Persistent redness
  • High probability of new scar formation

A notice:

  • expensive

Operation

Scar bulges (keloids) are removed using a unique cutting technique (often combined with other treatment options).

Possible risks:

  • There is a high probability of such a scar forming again.

injections

The injection of cortisone in the case of scar growth causes a reduction in the connective tissue. The scar becomes flatter.

Possible risks:

  • The skin becomes thinner
  • Formation of delicate red veins
  • pigment disorders

A notice:

  • method is painful
  • Scar depressions can be injected (filled) with collagen.

 

Cryotherapy

Scar growths or bulges are frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Possible risks:

  • Occurrence of pigment disorders
  • High probability of new scar formation

A notice:

  • Only suitable for small scars
  • method is painful

abrasion

Scars can be smoothed out by grinding.

Possible risks:

  • pigment disorders
  • High probability of new scar formation

A notice:

  • In the case of large scars, general anaesthesia may be required.
  • Follow-up treatment is usually required.

pressure bandages

They are used for large-area injuries (such as burns) to affect scarring positively.

Application problem:

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

 

ointments and creams

Massages with ointments and creams promote blood circulation in the scar tissue and help the scar become supple and less noticeable.

Application problem:

  • Time-consuming application over many months

A notice:

  • Efficacy only medically proven for medicinal products

Silicone Gel Sheets/Pads

Silicone injections to prevent and treat noticeable scars are internationally recognized. Its effectiveness is medically well documented.

Application problem:

  • Previous silicone gel sheets/pads were impractical for daily use.

There are so-called “single-use products”: They must be precisely cut to size each time they are renewed. And there are “reusable” products: they do not have to be cut every time but require daily cleaning.

The following applies to both product types:

  • On moving parts of the body (e.g. shoulders, back, joints), they usually have to be fixed with plasters so they do not come off.
  • You are visible.
  • Make-up is not possible. No discreet therapy.

Conclusion

Many treatment options are justified depending on the type of scar. Still, they usually have some disadvantages: they are sometimes painful, costly, time-consuming and impractical, or their effectiveness has not been medically proven. Modern scar therapy begins immediately after the wound has healed so that scar growth does not occur in the first place. Silicone is internationally recommended as the first choice for preventing noticeable or bothersome scars and treating scars.

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