You know you’re living a good life when you acquire two badges of honor: wrinkles and scars. Scars, in particular, are proof that you are taking chances and risking a little pain for (hopefully) a lot of gain. But that doesn’t make them any lovelier to look at years later, when you just want to rock a mini skirt without being reminded of that summer you fearlessly jumped from a cliff into a lake down below.
Fortunately, there are now many treatment options available to both conceal and get rid of scars completely. If you’re sick of staring at a scar that you feel is taking away from your natural beauty, read on to find out the best treatment and removal options according to Dr. Jill Waibel, founder and medical director of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute.
Silicone Gel/Silicone Sheeting
“Scars of all types, whether they are acne, burn, trauma or surgical, are tough to hide and can be tough to get rid of,” Waibel says. “Treatment options vary based on the type and severity of each individual scar. If you have a superficial scar, then the body will heal the scar naturally on its own and on its own time. There are not a lot of OTC products that will truly help rid scars as most are not robust. Silicone gel and silicone sheeting are the most studied and both are able to significantly help the appearance of a scar. Bio Corneum silicone gel is commonly preferred over silicone sheeting as it is more comfortable for patients. The gel hydrates the scarred area and allows it to mature and protect against external factors invading the scar, such as chemicals.”
“Steroids can be injected into the scarred area to help flatten the scar,” Waibel says. “Doctors will also offer compression to assist in flattening as well. Of course, I believe that laser procedures are the best route to choose when treating a scar. The fractional laser is able to create a small wound that is healed naturally by the body. Always be sure to visit a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon if you choose to have laser procedures done as they have a solid understanding of laser physics, tissue interactions, and scar physiology. Whether you’re curious about a scar or have an end-game in mind, be sure to visit you local board-certified dermatologist who can help determine the best method of treatment for you.”
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