Most people end up with at least one or two scars during the course of their lifetime. While it is possible to make it through life without ever sustaining injury that results in scarring, it is very unlikely that someone will do so.
Scars can form from even minor injuries if the injury does not heal properly. Burns, lacerations, cuts, or tears in dermis can all cause fibrous tissues to form and fill in the gap created by the injury.
Scars begin to form when the skin experiences some kind of trauma such as cuts, lacerations, tears, or burns. Skin consists of three layers with the deepest layer called the dermis. When the dermis is injured because of a deep wound, a scar may occur in order to help the edges of the wound to bind together. Any deep wound that enters the dermis will cause a scar.
Unfortunately, when an injury does not heal properly and scar tissue develops, the scar tissue will not appear the same as the natural skin. Scars can range from light or dark pigmentation to red, raised lumps on the skin’s surface.
While scars may diminish over time, they will completely heal unless treated. There are various methods for treating scars, including fade creams and surgery, but the more intensive methods for removing scars carry some risks and are usually expensive.
Many would like to completely remove their scar, however there is no treatment available that will do this. There are good methods for treating the appearance of a scar which can diminish the scar’s appearance and make it less noticeable. Laser treatments and surgery are two very effective options for helping reduce the appearance of a scar, but both of these treatments run the risk of additional injury or scarring and both are expensive.
Other, less expensive, but also effective treatments for reducing the appearance of a scar include topical serums, creams, lotions, and gels. These treatments are specifically designed to help reduce the appearance of a scar and are less invasive than laser treatments or surgery.
Some patients form firm, reddened, and raised scars which are referred to as ‘hyper’ enlarged scars or hypertrophic scars. These types of scars are often treated with cortisone injections, surgical removal, or pressure dressings.
Silicone gel sheeting was first developed to treat these types of scars. This is a thick sheet of silicone that has a sticky underside. The silicone sheeting is applied to the scar, sticky side down. This sheeting is worn over the scar for as long as it is necessary because silicone treatment is most effective when in constant contact with the skin.
The best scar gels contain medical-grade silicones and help protect an injury as it heals. There are several scar removal gels available and scientific studies show that these gel-based products are absorbed more rapidly into the skin than creams. The highest quality scar gels contain one hundred percent medical-grade silicone which can provide a barrier over the scar to protect it and prevent bacteria from invading the site of the scar and impeding the healing process.
Scar gels are also very easy to use and are very effective in improving the appearance of scars. Scar gels also help to moisturize the affected area and because they absorb so well, can be used under make-up and worn with clothing without fear of damaging the material.
The medical-grade silicone used in scar gels also helps reduce the itching and discomfort that can be caused by scars. Scar removal gels are lighter and more durable than other topical scar treatments and easily soak into the skin forming a protective shield for the scar.
Scar gels are best used by applying them directly to the scar and then wearing clothes or make-up over the affected area. Creams do not absorb as quickly into the skin so cannot be covered as quickly. Most scar gels contain medical-grade silicone which provides the best results in reducing the appearance of scars. Scar creams often contain other ingredients besides silicone which can dilute the effectiveness of the silicone.
Another good scar removal treatment is scar removal cream which are similar to scar gels and act in much the same way. It is easily applied to the scar and also moisturizes the affected area. These cream-based products are not as easily absorbed as the scar removal gels, however many do contain medical-grade silicone.
Products containing medical-grade silicone are the most effective at reducing the appearance of scars, can moisturize the affected area, and also act as a barrier against further bacterial contamination. Scar removal gels and creams are both powerful treatments for reducing the appearance of scars.
Scar removal gels and creams both can provide very effective results in reducing the appearance of scars, but not all gels and creams work on all scars. It is important to research which gels and creams are most effective against which types of scars.
No scar removal gel or cream can completely remove a scar, however some are much more effective at reducing the appearance of scars than others. Some scar removal gels work best on certain types of scars, while scar removal creams may work better against other types.
Other factors that can impact healing and the formation of scars include nutrition, age, genetics, skin quality, circulation, and certain illnesses. Smoking can also impact the body’s ability to heal.
Serum-based scar removal treatments contain one hundred percent medical-grade silicone and can significantly reduce the appearance of scars effectively and safely. It is important to ensure that a wound is sufficiently healed before applying a serum-based scar removal treatment.
When the body is healing a wound, it can produce collagen which works in combination with fibroblasts and skin cells. To build up tissue to repair the damage at the wound site, these cells are deployed to the injury site to help with healing. When the fibroblasts continue to multiply even after the wound heals, painful, red, itchy areas of scar tissue called keloids can form.
This scar tissue can extend beyond the original scar site forming large Keloid scars. These types of scars can form on the body anywhere, but are typically found on the shoulders, upper back, and chest. Approximately ten percent of the population and form as a result of minor injuries, acne, surgery, or even because of insect bites.
Scar removal treatments including topical gels, creams, and serums are very effective at reducing the appearance of scars. It is important to research which scar removal treatments work best with which type scars to ensure the proper treatment is used.