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3 Ways to
Reduce and Improve
Your Scar's Appearance
Some people love their scars, considering them interesting conversation
starters or evidence of a tough battle. Others... not so much. If you want
to reduce the appearance of scars after a surgery or injury, it's best to
begin treatment as soon as the wound is healed, but even older scars
can be improved.

These products can help flatten the scar and enhance its overall look.

Sammons Preston Silicone Gel Sheets
Clinical studies prove that silicone gel sheets results in a better, more rapid improvement of the condition and appearance of scars. These sheets seal out air exposure, hydrate the skin, and provide continuous pressure. One sheet can be used on hypertropic and keloid scars for up to 30 days. Apply them to healed scars from plastic or reconstructive surgery or other injuries for a better looking scar.

NewGel+ E Ointment
Recent research suggests that silicone ointment is as effective as the traditional silicone gel sheets. It's an excellent alternative for visible areas like the face or areas of movement like knee or elbow joints. Smooth and fade your scars using this fast drying salve, which creates a flexible, waterproof layer of silicone.

Roylan Roller Scar Tissue Massage Tool
You can also lightly massage your scar to soften the tissue. This should only be done after the injury is completely healed to avoid breaking it open and creating more scar tissue. Massage the scar and the surrounding area three times a day for about ten minutes. This massager easily fits in your hand for a deep tissue massage of the scar.

What Causes Scars?
Scars are a natural part of the healing process after an injury or surgery.

When the dermis - the second layer of the skin - is damaged, collagen protein is formed to repair the area, creating a scar.

Your scar's appearance will depend on its location and size, as well as the depth of the original injury. It will also depend on your age, gender, ethnicity, and genes.

Scars from a broken arm, appendix removal, and other surgeries are a reminder of your injury, but also that you've healed. If the way your keloid or hypertropic scars look bothers you, further treatments can help. Use products like those on the right to minimize the appearance of most surgical scars.

Types of Scars

  • Thin and flat
    -- Might start pink and lighten over time
  • Hypertrophic Scars
    -- Raised scars, usually red in color
    -- Don't extend further than the injury
  • Keloid Scars
    -- Raised scars that go beyond the border of the original injury
    -- Caused by overaggressive collagen production during the healing process
    -- More common in younger individuals and those with darker skin tones
  • Contracture Scars
    -- Created after the skin is burned or a large area of skin is lost
    -- Tightens the skin and can reduce movement
  • Acne Scars
    -- Severe acne creates a variety of scar types include ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars

Medical Disclaimer: The information provided on this site, including text, graphics, images and other material, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other healthcare profressional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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