Children frequently get a wide range of scars. Scars are the body’s way of healing a wound or injury to the skin. Both children and adults form scars in different ways and at various rates. Some people are more prone to depressed scars while others are more susceptible to raised scars. And then there are people who rarely scar. With most children, an over-the-counter scar treatment product is all that is needed. In rare cases, a plastic surgeon may be required. There are many scar treatments available for kids and even though all products don’t work for everyone, you are certain to find a solution to treat scars on children.
Use Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is one of the most frequently suggested products for scars. It is natural and inexpensive and has a good deal of anecdotal evidence that the oil works well on scars. Children will find the product easy to use. Vitamin E oil applied once or twice daily to scars for a period of weeks reduces their appearance. In long-term use, the scar may disappear.
Use Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter comes from the fat of the cocoa bean and is another folk remedy for scars. This product comes as a cream, lotion or stick. Apply one to two times a day for best results. Cocoa butter is found in drug stores.
Drug stores have many scar removal products, some of which are specially formulated just for children. Mederma for Kids is one such product to consider. Mederma is a well-known commercial ointment that is often recommend by both alternative healers and those in the medical community. Mederma works for a wide range of scars according to testimonies on the company’s website. One tube of Mederma for Kids costs about $30. This product may not work for every child, but it is good choice if the vitamin E oil or cocoa butter don’t work.
Use Silicone Sheets
Silicone sheets are another popular scar treatments found in drug stores. The Beauty Brains website states that “dermatologists do seem to agree that you can reduce the severity of scars by covering the healing wound with silicone.” Silicone is best for thick, raised scars. These sheets are made with silicone and have an adhesive backing. The sheets are cut to fit the size of the scar and then placed over the scar. The pressure of the silicone sheets helps to reduce the size of the scar. Silicone sheets are easy to apply and usually comfortable so children won’t have a problem using them.
See a Plastic Surgeon
In some cases, a child may develop a large and/or unsightly scar on a visible area like the face or neck. To help the child become less self-conscious, a doctor may be called upon to reduce the appearance of the scar. Laser surgery is one remedy that has been successfully used on kids. With lasers a beam of infrared light is used to treat the scars. For small scars or discolorations a doctor may do a chemical peel. With this process, an acid is placed on the skin to burn off the top layer or epidermis. When the skin heals from these burns, the scar is less noticeable. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion both use devices that sand off or remove the top layer of skin. When the skin heals and renews itself, the scar is less visible. With all of these procedures, several treatments may be needed for truly dramatic results. These medical techniques are also the most expensive scar removal treatments available. Find a plastic surgeon that treats children for best results.