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Choosing a scar treatment

 

There are a number of treatments for scars used by doctors - mostly dermatologists and burn specialists. Some of these like surgical methods require hospital treatment. Whilst others, like medically proven Cica-Care*, can be used at home to improve the appearance of red, dark and raised scars.

 

Treatments that require hospitalisation can be painful and traumatic which is why more people are choosing treatments that can be used at home.

 

 

 

Close-up of Cica-Care gel sheet

 

Surgery Surgical removal of a scar in the hospital or clinic, causes stress by hospitalisation along with the pain and discomfort of an operation. Scars, especially Keloid, are prone to return.
Cica-Care A painless, comfortable, simple silicone gel sheeting, medically proven to permanently improve the appearance of red, dark or raised scars in up to 90% of cases. Can be applied by yourself.
Steroid Injections Injections under the surface of the scar. Must be undertaken regularly and are very painful. Injections can also effect wound repair.
Radiation therapy Uses low-dose superficial radiation to reduce the scar. These can have long term side effects including thyroid cancer.
Cryotherapy Involves freezing the scar tissue with liquid nitrogen, with only about a 30% success rate.
Vitamin E creams Vitamin creams can be recommended to moisturise a scar area. However, no research has shown any cream can cure scars. In fact, a recent study shows that in 90% of cases, Vitamin E cream either has little or no effect on the cosmetic appearance of surgical scars over a 12 week trial period.
(Baumann and Spencer 1999).
Laser surgery Can be used to reduce the redness of scars. Is still experimental and has little effect in reducing the height of the scar.
Cosmetic Camouflage Cosmetic camouflage is not a treatment but can be used to disguise a scar, birth mark, 'port wine' mark or vitiligo, a condition which destroys the colour in darker skin causing white patches.
Pressure garments Mostly used for new scars after large burn injuries. These uncomfortable garments must be worn for many weeks or months.

 

Help and advice on scar therapies can be found at the Scar Information Service web site.

 

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