We develop scars because it is the way our body and skin heal after suffering an injury, wound, surgery or trauma. It is the skin’s natural healing process. There are many types of scars, each of which needs a specific technique of removal. Small and minor scars can be treated by home remedies. On the other hand, bigger and deeper scars need more extreme measures. Moreover, the process of scar removal would depend on some factors. Some of these factors are the age of the scar as well as the person suffering from the scar, the skin tone, and the part of the body where the scar is located, including the overall health of the person.
The following are the various techniques for scar removal. Carefully choose the right scar removal process so you can be able to save time and money.
- Scar Removal Creams – A lot of medical creams that can treat scars are available in the market. You can easily obtain them without any restriction. But the main problem with scar removal creams is that they are unreliable. Most of them don’t actually work. If you want to have a definite assurance that a certain cream works, ask your doctor’s recommendation.
- Injections – Another way of making the scars go away is to get collagen, fat injections or steroid injections. This is usually done by injecting collagen filler into the scar in order to reduce its unsightly appearance. This technique is best for dented scars, keloids as well as hypertrophic scars but they are not lasting. Repeat injections are necessary in order to improve the appearance of the scar.
- Cryotherapy – Cryotherapy is the process of freezing the scar using liquid nitrogen in order to stimulate healing. It tries to destroy the damaged cells and tissues by cooling the cytosol and crystallizing it. This is an effective scar removal technique aside from having lesser side effects. The aim of cryotherapy is to cut back cellular metabolism and allow the survival of cells.
- Chemical peels – A chemical peel is another way of scar removal. A chemical solution is applied on the skin and stays there for a period of time. Various chemical solutions are used depending on the type of scar you have. In a matter of days, the skin will peel off allowing new skin to grow and replace the exfoliated skin. Chemical peel is like exfoliating the skin. It is removing the old skin cells in order to make way for newer and smoother skin.
- Laser treatment – Laser therapy is the latest breakthrough when it comes to removing scars. Laser therapy uses intense pulses of energy that can penetrate deep into the skin. Laser therapy is sometimes called laser resurfacing because it tries to improve the texture and color of the scar to make it unnoticeable. It is also referred to as laser peel because its effect is similar to chemical peel where the skin is peeled off. Laser treatment can also penetrate deep into the skin without the process of peeling. The type of laser treatment that will be used will depend on the type of scar you have.