How Does Scarring Happen?
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. A scars’ appearance and its treatment depends on multiple factors, such as the nature of the injury, your skin colour and your age.
What Are Possible Treatments for Scars?
Scar treatments may include:
- Over-the-counter or prescription creams, ointments, or gels. These products can be used to treat scars that are caused by surgery, injuries or wounds. If you are under the care of Mr Timms and your scarring is from cosmetic or plastic surgery, ask Mr Timms for advice re scar treatments. Mr Timms can also recommend products to help treat scars or as preventive care.
- Surgical removal or treatment. There are many options to treat deeper scars depending on your particular case. These include skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. In a skin graft, the surgeon uses skin from another area of your body. If you’ve got scarring that impairs function, surgery can help address the functional problems. If you’ve recently had surgery that has caused scars, it is best to wait at least one year before making a decision about scar revision surgery. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
- You may get steroid injections to treat keloid or hypertrophic scars. Mr Timms may use this on its own or with other treatments such as Silicone sheeting.
Generally Mr Timms recommends taping scars post operatively with Micropore or Fixomul tape for 2 weeks (or until the surgical scars have healed), then scars can have Strataderm (available to purchase from our rooms) applied daily to assist with optimal scar healing. Alternatively you may continue taping a scar for up to 6 weeks. Massaging a scar can assist with its healing. We recommend all scars be protected from the sun for a minimum of 12 months post surgery as the scar may burn easily and become more pigmented (darker). Please do not hesitate to contact our rooms with any queries or concerns at any time during the pre or post operative period.