Scar Therapies

There are many possible scar treatments. Some scar therapies are more costly, complicated and strenuous than others.

For larger scars, a combination of scar therapies might make the most sense, for example a surgical intervention followed by a scar healing gel such as Dermatix® Gel.

When you start as early as possible with the scar healing therapy, meaning as soon as the wound is healed, you can best prevent disturbing scarring.

At the end of this chapter, we have collected a few tips on scar care. Here you can read about diverse scar therapies:

An Overview of Scar Therapies

Compression bandages are used for injuries that cover a larger surface area, such as burns. In order to achieve the best results, compression bandages must be worn consistently during the scar healing process, usually over a period of months.

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Ointments, creams and gels are massaged into the skin and thereby encourage the circulation through the scar tissue. This way the scar becomes smoother and more inconspicuous.

Silicone-based scar treatment products have already been used for many years in clinics all over the world for treating scars. They are not only dependable but have further advantages: silicone gels such as Dermatix® Gel are transparent, odorless and cosmetics can be applied over it. Dermatix® Gel can also be used on children.

Scars can be treated with ultrasound. It is supposed to help the scar tissue become more elastic, allowing the scar to heal more quickly.

There are also diverse types of laser scar therapies. The treatment is associated with certain risks: it can lead to reddening of the skin or pigment abnormalities. This scar therapy is also expensive and time-consuming.

Medicines (like Cortisone) can be directly injected into the scar in order to prevent unwanted growths. The scar appears flatter and smoother as a result.

Sunken scars can be filled in with bio materials. Examples of bio materials are own body fats or hyaluronic acids. Bio materials have the disadvantage of being broken down by the body so that the scar treatment has to be repeated frequently.

Injection scar treatments can also be quite painful and tend to only be successful on fresh scars.

With cyrotherapy (freezing), thick scars are frozen with liquid nitrogen and then removed. The scar treatment is only suitable for small scars and can be very painful. With this scar therapy, it is also possible that new scars appear as a result of the freezing.

With a high speed diamond polisher, scars, and particularly the scar edges, can be filed away. The scar becomes thinner and more even. New scars can appear as a result of the treatment. Treating larger scars with dermabrasion can require a general anesthetic. It is often the case that multiple dermabrasion treatments are required.

Scars that hinder mobility and/or are painful can be reduced in size and smoothed out with an operation. But scar reduction through an operation is not the solution for every kind of scar. A long-term scar therapy is important, and moreover necessary, so that no new scars develop as a result of the operation.