Although scars are totally harmless, millions of people still suffer from them because they are considered to be disfiguring. Scars often take a prominent appearance when no proper care was exercised when the skin was healing from the wound. Some people scratch their scars and peel of the scab, causing the healing skin to be wounded anew. To help improve the appearance of healing wounds and skin injuries, consider making the following a habit:
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
The UV rays of the sun causes the skin surrounding the scar to produce more melanin. People of African, Indian and Spanish descent are more prone to skin hyperpigmentation.
- Moisturize the scarred skin well.
A healing skin area that is properly moisturized will result to better looking scars. Always bear in mind that different people respond different to scar removal creams. Choose organic skin oils such as argan oil, rosehip oil, emu oil and jojoba oil over commercial lotions.
- Massage the scarred area.
Massaging the scarred area will help loosen the thick collagenous fibers that are associated to the formation of hypertrophic scars. Massage the scar with the pads of your fingers to avoid too much pressure.
In addition to these, there are other scar treatments like grafting (for contracture scars due to burns), dermafillers, dermarolling, steroid injections and silicone sheets for scar treatment.
What are Silicone Scar Treatment Sheets?
Silicone scar treatments are available as scar sheets and scar injections. Silicone scar sheets are applied on freshly formed scar to reduce the appearance of the scar. These treatments have been around since the 1980’s. These sheets help prevent the scar from being hypertrophic and keloidal. The aim of silicone scar sheets is to shrink, flatten and then fade scars. They can also be applied on old scars. However, fading will take a longer time. Old hypertrophic scars may not be flattened completely because the collagenous fibers have already matured and hardened into the scar.
Silicone pads used for scar treatment put a pressure on the scar, thus preventing it from growing thicker. They help soften fresh scars, resulting to less itching and redness. They can also diminish collagen production and induce fibroblast growth, resulting in flatter scars. The pads also shield the healing skin from infection that may trigger unnecessary collagen growth.
Silicone sheets are mostly latex-free, but this does depend on the brand you choose to use. They are available in packs good for a few months of use. They are also available in different sizes. They are economical because one sheet can be used for 1 week. Silicone is safe for sensitive skin of people of all ages. Silicone can adapt to any irregular skin surface, therefore it doesn’t cause discomfort or restrain movement. Today, there are even sheets that are especially made to cover a C-section, hysterectomy, tummy tuck and breast reduction and augmentation scars. Silicone scar treatments are painless and cheaper than dermafillers and laser resurfacing but they tend to take a longer time to exhibit results.
In addition to sheets, you can also get silicon scar injections, which tend to be used for situations involving deep scarring (e.g. certain acne scars like box car scars, ice pick scars and rolling scars). Silicone injections are also used for fine facial lines and wrinkles. It uses high-quality pharmaceutical silicone and not industrial grade silicone. The damage done by using low quality silicone will likely not be covered by any insurance you may have, so only get silicone injections from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Removal of poor quality silicone from the skin requires surgery and not all doctors and plastic surgeons are willing to deal with the process.
As an alternative to silicone treatments, understand how scar removal and reduction treatment creams can help reduce the visibility scarring as well.