How to reduce the appearance of your scar

By Devi Chettiar, PA-C

Scars form when the body naturally heals itself after injury to the skin.  Whether you develop a scar from  skin cancer removal, a bike injury, a piercing or old acne, there are ways to minimize the unsightly appearance of most scars. 

Scars from surgery

Silicone scar sheets, from Scar Away® and Silagen®, work well for skin that is not visible.  These silicone gel sheets allow you to cut them to the size of your scar and leave them on during the day, decreasing stretching of the skin while minimizing scar thickness and discoloration.  New scars are very prone to discoloration from sun exposures, so silicone scar sheets will also protect you from the sun.  

For visible areas, such as the face, you may opt for a silicone gel instead.  We prefer a medical grade 100% pure silicone gel, such as Silagen®, a fast-drying gel that can be covered with sunscreen and/or makeup.  Silagen® also has a combination silicone scar gel with a zinc oxide physical sunscreen which can save you a step in your morning skincare routine! When purchasing Silagen®, make sure you are buying from an authorized physician retailer.  

For the first 2-3 months after your scar forms, it is crucial to continue with silicone gel treatments to significantly minimize your scar. . Scars continue to form and change for about one year, so it’s important to continue treating your scar for this time. Over time, you may  switch to other,less expensive, options such as Vitamin E oil, especially for non-visible scars.   For pure, high quality vitamin E oil , we recommend you purchase oral capsules, poke a hole in them and squeeze out the vitamin E oil to apply to the scar.

Scars from injury

If your scar is less than a year old, follow our above recommendations.

Scars from acne

We offer safe and effective treatments in our office for depressed acne scars, such as fillers, Skin Pen® and Sciton Profractional® laser treatments.  You can meet with our esthetician, Natalie, to learn more about these procedures via virtual or in-person consultation.

Discolored scars

Sciton laser and BBL® treatments can be helpful to reduce redness, veins, and brown discoloration that can persist in scars from surgery, injury, or acne.

Keloid scars

A keloid is a very thickened, raised, discolored scar that can grow beyond the original skin incision/injury size.  As well as having an unsightly appearance, these scars can also be painful and itchy.  We often treat keloids with corticosteroid injections in the clinic and usually in conjunction with silicone sheets at home.  In some cases, keloids may need to be treated with excision, although the risk of recurrence is high.

For any further questions about scar prevention and treatments, please contact our office to make your appointment!

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