Though cuts from operations or injuries eventually heal, they sometimes leave behind unsightly scars—some small, others large and discolored. Routine skin care and proper diet can speed the healing process, and despite the difficulty of scar removal, several products and procedures can help to reduce and possibly remove scars.
The scar tissue known as collagen completely changes the texture and appearance of the skin. According to wisegeek.com, diets high in vitamin E support skin repair. Some treatments include microdermabrasion or laser therapy. Also according to wisegeek.com, other products such as silicone, bleach-like substances, alpha hydroxy extracts and chemical peels can lessen scars. Some can even remove the scar, but it’s not a guarantee.
Practitioners use microdermabrasion routinely for acne scarring. It blasts the skin with finely ground minerals or crystals. Some use a suction method. The procedure, which lasts 15 to 30 minutes, typically creates a pleasant sensation with little discomfort. Wear sun lock once finished, as your skin will become more sun-sensitive. Follow up with plenty of moisturizer, as skin redness and tightness will occur for up to 24 hours after the procedure. Prices range from $75 to $350, depending on doctor fees, region, amount and type of treatments. Laser treatments have evolved from having an extremely harsh effect on the skin, and needing more healing time. Current laser treatment can reduce scars from as much as 50 to 80 percent, according to Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery. Each session can last a few minutes up to 90 minutes, depending on the treatment type and the scar. Your doctor may use either local anesthesia or, less commonly, general anesthesia. After your treatment, follow your doctor's instructions. Care for the skin, take any antibiotics and apply any creams as set or prescribed by the doctor. If you do not follow the routine strictly, you will increase the risk of complications or infection. Costs for laser treatments widely vary depending on the circumstances involving the treatment.
Over the Counter Treatments
Apply silicone strips applied directly to the skin after your wound has completely healed. Wash and dry the area, then apply the strip. You need to wear the strip for at least 12 hours for it to begin to take effect on the scar. According to goaskalice.columbia.edu, these strips work best on raised and discolored scars.
Bleach-like products can remove hyperpigmentation—the large, dark spots that develop on the skin. According to yogaqiz.com and wisegeek.com, lemon juice, hydroquinone and chemical peels have proven effective in lightening and evening out skin tone. You can apply lemon juice 2 to 3 times daily with a cotton ball. Use hydroquinone, found over the counter,to fade discolored scars in a cream form. You can also performed a chemical peel at home or receive one in a doctor’s office.