What Are The Alternatives To A Scar Surgery?
There are a number of home remedies available for the treatment of scars. Vitamin E supplements in the form of oil or capsules, is an effective method to reduce scarring. Rich food sources for the same are almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter etc. Application of lemon juice, aloe vera, cocoa butter, olive oil, baking soda, mustard seed oil, lavender oil and rosehip seed oil on the scars, are also believed to lighten scars and make them disappear faster. However, such home remedies do not promise sure shot results and may involve considerable time to show effects.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
Scars can be reduced by injecting implants of hyaluronic acid. In this procedure, the correction is permanent. To reduce the size of hypertrophic scars and keloids, which are scars composed of collagen, intralesional injections of corticosteroids and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) can be used. These injections affect the scars by reducing the collagen producing cell populations, decreasing formation of new blood vessels around the scars and scarring of tissues. However, these may have adverse side effects such as hyperpigmentation, skin irritation, and ulceration.
This process uses light radiations to destroy the scarred tissue. Different types of lasers are used to lighten and flatten scars.
Dermabrasion and chemical peels can reduce the visibility of scars on a person’s body. It promotes growth of new cells by scraping off the outer, scarred layer of the skin. These are performed by hand-held tools and can only treat acne scars or minor irregularities.
This procedure of removing scars is generally used to treat burn marks by positioning skin from a different body part to the area of the scar, where the damaged tissue is cut out. However, this procedure is intrusive and while it does help in scar removal, it is not best suited for all types of scars.
How To Choose A Surgeon For A Scar Surgery?
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your scar revision surgery can significantly increase your chances of getting the treatment you expect. First, you should look for surgeons certified from medical boards especially in plastic surgery. Some of the doctors can be mere dermatologists, so be careful while choosing. A qualified cosmetic surgeon is best suited to perform your procedure.
Make a checklist of few such doctors and talk to each of them before making a decision. Ask them about their experience in treating the scars. Ask them about their success rates in the treatment of scars of all types including surgical, traumatic, acne, etc. Also ask them to provide reports and records to substantiate their claims.