A scar is the tissue your body produces to heal and reinforce itself after an injury. Depending on the type of injury (wound, burn, skin loss), scarring is easier to hide or heal. Although no method exists to make a scar completely disappear, there are ways to reduce its appearance. Creams and oils can help break down scar tissue through repeated use. Professional treatments exist to lessen the appearance of scars.
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Things you need
- Petroleum jelly
- Emu oil
- Vitamin E oil
- First aid dressing
Speak with your doctor after the surgery about a treatment plan, if you're dealing with a new scar. New scars are more effectively treated because they are still in the healing process. Older scars may be more difficult to treat.
Purchase petroleum jelly, emu oil or vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is a natural skin conditioner. If you cannot find pure vitamin E oil, buying Vitamin E oil caplets and then breaking then open achieves the same purpose.
Massage the oil into the scar tissue. Repeatedly massaging the scar tissue helps break it down, soften and loosen it. Repeat this process daily for several weeks.
Personal Treatments: Surgeries and Stitches
Seek professional medical opinions if scarring is extensive, or when dealing with severe burns.
Pressure dress burns using elastic bandages or gauze around the wound or burns. It is believed that keeping pressure on the scarring area will flatten the scars. Also, using petroleum jelly or dimethicone-based ointments are thought to speed up the healing process.
Visit a dermatologist to determine which professional therapy might work best for your type of scarring. Laser treatments use a pulsed dye laser to break down scar tissue and redistribute collagen into the skin. More than one treatment is needed to reduce your scars' appearance.
Consult a doctor or dermatologist to see if treatments such as a chemical peel or Bee Venom Therapy could be helpful. Chemical peels use chemicals to destroy the epidermis in a controlled manner to remove scar tissue. Bee Venom Therapy reportedly diminishes scarring by using the enzymes in bee venom to dissolve the scar.
Professional Treatments: Burns and Surgeries
Tips and warnings
- Stay dedicated to your treatment. The most effective treatment requires repeated use and attention.
- Always consult a doctor before trying new therapies or medicines.
- If adverse side effects appear when using any cream, oil or therapy, consult your doctor.
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