Some scars do fade in time. Most of them stays and becomes permanent. If the scar can be easily concealed, that’s not too much of a problem. But if they are exposed, they can give embarrassment and discomfort. Luckily, due to some breakthroughs in science and technology, scars can now be improved. And if you are fortunate, you can also make them vanish forever.
But these different scar removal techniques are not fool proof. They can be effective but they also have some disadvantages. The following discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the various scar removal techniques.
Creams, gels, and ointments
They are relatively cheap and readily available. You can easily obtain them without prescription.
There is little evidence that they really work. Although they contain Vitamin E or other essential ingredients that claims to remove scars, they are still unreliable. The least they can do to a scar is to improve its appearance, not to vanish it.
They work best for sunken and raised scars. This treatment reduces inflammation and is very successful in reducing the appearance of keloids.
The effect of injections on scars is only temporary so there is a need for repeat injections. They can be painful since the fillers such as collagen and fat is taken from other areas of the body. They are more effective when combined with other treatments.
It contains silicone that can effectively reduce the appearance of the scar. You can easily obtain them in drugstores and they are better than scar removal creams.
For some people, this can be expensive. Moreover, you need to purchase many scar sheets in order to make this treatment work. Since this is only attached on the skin, this may not work on some parts of the body.
Can successfully eliminate the scar tissue and effectively reduces the appearance of the scar by closing the wound.
Aside from being expensive, this is also painful. Surgery is also not recommend for keloids as this will only produce additional scarring and will make the scar bigger.
They are effective with little side effects. This is more recommended compared to the other treatments because they are less painful and it doesn’t result to additional scarring. Aside from being cost effective this is also a non- invasive treatment.
Cryotherapy can result to uneven skin tone because it can destroy the melanocytes. This therapy will require more sunscreen because the treated skin becomes more vulnerable to sunburn.
It tones the scar with the color of the skin by improving its pigment. This treatment works best for keloid scars, atrophic and hypertrophic scars. It can penetrate deep into the scars and burns the deep scars in order to improve its appearance. This is done in two ways: peeling the surface skin or penetrate deep into the dermis without peeling.
Has little side effects but is very costly. Only few people can afford it on a long term basis because there is still no evidence that this works permanently.