Scar reduction treatments are aimed at reducing the appearance of your scars.
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There are a number of different scar reduction treatments available. You dermatologist will suggest one, or a combination of treatments that will best serve your particular type of scar.
Before undergoing any treatments, make sure to undergo a thorough consultation with a certified dermatologist. We at Qunomedical can help you find the right one! Discuss your medical history, any medications you are currently taking and your lifestyle habits. These play an essential role in deciding your final treatment plan.
The most common types of treatments are:
Laser treatment: Laser treatments aim to reduce the appearance of your scars by focusing a beam of light on your scar, and removing the damaged layer. This allows new healthy skin to grow uniformly in the place of your scar. Depending on your scar(s), you may require more than one session. Silicone sheets: These are adhesive thin sheets filled with gel. Silicon sheets are recommended for close wounds, and help in flattening and reducing the hardness of a scar. The sheets have to be worn for many hours at a stretch, and over months to get lasting results.
Steroid injections: Steroids are injected into your scar, and help reduce the swelling, hardness and redness associated with them. The injections will be repeated over time, with 4-6 weeks between each dose. Depending on the results, your doctor will prescribe a regular dose for the coming months.
Cryotherapy: This involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze raised scars, and halt their growth.
Pressure dressings: Pressure dressings are usually applied after burns or after skin grafts. It is intended to reduce the raised appearance of scars, and support a more uniform development of the new skin.
Surgery: In cases where other treatments do not work, a surgeon will excise the scar. To ensure more effective results, your surgeon will recommend steroid injections or other treatments post surgery.
Although numerous treatments are available, there is no particular treatment that has been proven to be most effective. Depending on your case, you will receive your individual treatment plan, which may include a combination of treatments. Additionally, following aftercare instructions properly will also influence your results and it is important to be mindful of these, as failing to adhere may cause detrimental effects.
The effectiveness of many treatments in still not completely proven, so make sure to speak to your dermatologist about them.