A surgical process leaves back an unattractive reminder in the form of a surgical scar. Tampa cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Gayoso notes, “Scarring happens as a natural reaction to any damage on the body, attempting to protect the skin with the help of fibroblasts. The kind of scars a person develops depends on their genetic predisposition towards either purple/red lumpy scars or hypertrophic (raised) scars.” All scars eventually fade but there are ways to minimize them or heal them at a quicker pace. The following are 5 ways to heal or minimize surgical scars –
1. Antibiotic Cream – American Academy of Dermatology states that the scar is much more liable to be significant and sizable if the damage to the skin is great. Thus, when the surgery is performed and the surgical incision is made, as soon as it stops bleeding, antibiotic cream should be applied as soon as possible. With the help of the antibiotic cream, the area can be protected from the attack of harmful bacteria, would reduce chances of infection and thus, would eliminate the need for the body to initiate the process of healing/repair.
2. Scar Treatment Cream – The scarring would eventually fade but scar treatment creams can be used to speed up the process and minimize the scarring. From 2 to 6 weeks after the surgical treatment and when the incision has been given enough time to heal, the scar treatment cream can be applied on it. This would eventually lighten the scar and the results are pretty quick as well. There are also OTC creams for lightening scars that can be used. These creams reduce collagen production, flatten and lighten the scar, and also reduce its prominence.
3. Surgical Options – There are surgical options for scar removal. They range from laser surgery to skin grafts. In a skin graft surgery, some skin from another part of your body would be used to cover up your scar and is common for burn patients. When it comes to surgery, it is recommended that before you take the decision of going for surgical scar removal, you give the scar some time to heal on its own. A time period of 6 months to a year is recommended.
4. Non Invasive Cosmetic Options – Non-invasive cosmetic options include dermabrasion. In this treatment, a wire brush is used by the physician to remove the top layer of the skin which tends to get discolored or hardened because of the growth of the scar tissue. When the scar tissue is removed, the skin underneath is soft and comparatively less raised. Physicians often use steroid injections as well, to reduce the itching and redness. Treatments such as dermabrasion reduce the appearance of the scar and are non-invasive, therefore, much easier.
5. Steroid Injections – Especially for hypertrophic scars, inflammation of the affected area can be reduced using steroid injections. For flattening the scar, silicone sheets are often used. Basically, the scars that tend to stick out of the skin can be easily managed with the help of steroid injections and silicon sheets. For pitted scarring, a non-permanent solution includes using fillers.
It is not always possible to completely eradicate a scar because its formation depends on age, type of surgical incision, status of health and medical history. For normal scarring, the creams are often successful, though slow. But for extremely heavy scarring, surgical options are the best way to go.
Dr. Antonio Gayoso is a certified plastic surgeon. He serves thousands of satisfied clients in the Tampa area at his practice Gayoso Plastic Surgery. For more beauty information, connect with him on Facebook.