Some scars fade in time, other don’t. Permanent scars brought by various events in our lives can cause us embarrassment especially those located in areas which are difficult to conceal. It can shrink our self esteem and it can sometimes drive us to become anti social.
Giving special attention and spending on various scar removal treatments is not a bad thing. But you have to be able to choose the best and the most effective treatment for your specific need in order to avoid wasting your time and money.
The following are the possible scar removal treatments that you can choose from. Some are effective, others are not. The effectiveness of these treatments generally depends on the type of scars you have.
1. Scar creams, ointments, lotions and gels
Scar creams, ointments, lotions and gels are effective for small and minor scars. These are over the counter products which you can readily obtain anytime because they are available in drug stores and groceries without the need for prescriptions. These products are mainly for home use so they are easy and simple to use, cheap and poses no risks.
2. Scar sheets
Another effective way to reduce the appearance of scar is by using scar sheets. This is an over the counter product that is made of thick silicone sheets that is attached on the skin that is to be utilized for at least 6 months. The primary ingredient of scar sheets is silicone which is effective in removing scars faster than creams and gels.
Injections such as corticosteroid and collagen injections can be effective in treating scars such as keloids. Although they are mainly used to minimize inflammations caused by arthritis and tendonitis, they are also an effective scar removal treatment.
Deep scars and keloids can be effectively removed through surgery. But it has to be performed by a medical doctor who has many years of experience on keloids treatment. A surgery performed by an inefficient doctor can only make your scar worse and there is a big possibility of recurrence. Surgical procedure to remove scars is risky. When you choose this scar removal treatment, careful surgery by an experienced doctor is necessary.
5. Chemical Peeling
Chemical peels involve using an acid solution in order to peel the outer layer of the skin. This treatment tries to strip off the surface layer of the skin in order to make way for new and smoother skin.
6. Laser Therapy
Laser treatment for scar is made in various ways. The CO2 Laser is primary used for acne scar treatment. Other laser treatment deeply penetrates the inner layers in order to treat the scars. Laser therapy tries to breakdown the skin’s surface in order to improve and eliminate the scar. This treatment is similar to chemical peel that is why it is sometimes called laser peel. It works by wiping out the outer layer of the skin in order to bring out new skin. This is one of the most popular treatments for scars we have nowadays because it is pain free, less risky and effective.