How To Make Scars Heal Faster
Top methods and treatments to make scars fade faster when you don’t want to go to a dermatologist. These are treatments that you can do at home (home remedies) and do not cost a lot of money. All scars fade over time, it just a matter of degree.
10 Tips To Make Scars Fade Faster
BEFORE THE WOUND HEALS
Early treatment before the wound heals is your first and best action to reduce scars and scarring. Proper wound care can lessen the severity of scars. Minimizing the formation of a scar (you can never prevent one from forming) is easier than getting rid of it after. See a doctor, of course.
Keep Your Wound Clean – Reduce formation by keeping your wound clean. Keeping your wound clean will help prevent infections which can lead to more serious scars and problems.
Keep Your Wound Covered – Reduce formation by keeping your wound covered. This will keep it clean and help keep it remaining moist which is know to speed up the healing process.
Apply Neosporin To Your Wound – Apply Neosporin per medical professional’s directions. First Aid Antibiotic and a bandage help heal minor wounds four days faster than a bandage alone, and NEOSPORIN® First Aid Antibiotic may help minimize the appearance of scars.
AFTER THE WOUND HEALS
Allow the wound to fully heal before starting treatment and don’t pick at scabs.
Moisturize Regularly – Once the wound has healed, moisturize the scar regularly. Check it periodically to make sure the scar tissue is kept moist and clean.
Don’t Expose The Scar To Sunlight – Scars have less pigmentation than normal skin. Direct sunlight and sunburns may stop or impede the healing and make it more obvious and noticeable. Burning may permanently damage the scar tissue.
Don’t Pick Scabs – Picking at your scabs my cause further damage to your wound and could increase scarring.
Massage To Minimize Scarring – It sounds kind of funny but massaging your scar regularly can help prevent or minimize the buildup of scar tissue. When you massage you increase the blood flow to the scar which speeds up the healing process and increases the amount of collagen. Collagen is important for the skin. It is the main structural protein holding the skin together. The quantity and quality of your skin’s collagen has a major role in your appearance. Using a moisturizer while massaging will help keep it moist and prevent a loss in skin elasticity.
Apply Topical Fading Creams – There is a lot of debate whether topical scar treatment creams get rid of scars or whether they even work at all to help fade scars. Don’t believe all of their advertising. Scientific study doesn’t seem to support their claims. Aloe Vera, Vitamin E oil, onion extract cream (Mederma), Vitamin C ointments and commercial available scar creams and scar treatments fall into this category. Some may work with varying degrees of success, but you wonder if it is the cream or the massage and moisturizing that helps get rid of scars. Aloe Vera – soothing balm can moisturize and help them fade over time. Vitamin E Oil – Coco butter & Onion Extract – provide many essential nutrients to the wound and surrounding skin. Over the counter scar treatments – Products like these include Mederma, Bio gel, ScarAway, Scar Cream by Rejuveness and more.
Use Silicone Scar Healing Sheets – Scar healing sheets are advertised to help in the prevention and reduction of raised and discolored scars, used by plastic surgeons and burn centers and comes with proven Silon technology. They do seem to be effective to some degree in reducing scars but the reason for their effectiveness is still unclear. They seem to work but they take money, time and discipline. The sheets are fairly expensive and must be worn for up to 12 weeks to be effective.
- If It Won’t Fade, Cover It Up – When all else fails cover your scar with or clothing or makeup such as Dermablend (Corrective Cosmetics provides complete, natural looking coverage for any type of skin imperfection, cover cream, leg care foundation skin make up remover self tanning cream).
To Get Rid Of Scars, See A Dermatologist
The best and most effective methods for getting rid of scars is to see a professional. Your scars might require a medical procedure to achieve the result that you want. Medical Procedures for Scar Removal include surgery, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, steroid injections, collagen fillers, grafts, and steroid injections. None of these procedures will completely erase scars and they may not be covered by insurance. They are serious medical procedures that may cause additional complications. Weigh your options carefully with your doctor and a dermatologist.
What Is A Scar?
A scar is fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue during the healing process. The fibrous tissue (or scar tissue) that remains after the healing process is competed is usually inferior to the original tissue (skin) and has less function and possibly different color.
How Do You Get Rid Of A Scar?
You can never get rid of one completely, however, there are a number of things that you can do to minimize, reduce or fade a scar. Your degree of success will depend on the wound, your health, your ability to heal and your dedication to treatment and aftercare of the wound and scar area. Your best remedy for getting rid of scars will likely require a trip to the dermatologist.
After 2 weeks, what should my tummy tuck scar look like?
Scroll to the top of this page to see a picture of a tummy tuck scar after two weeks.