Going through major surgery often cause to permanent scarring. Although some patients wear surgical scars as “battle scars,” others tend to conceal them. The good news is, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of surgical scarring in the first place and minimize its appearance. In today’s post, we are listing down a complete guide on all remedies that can reduce the appearance of post-operation scars of any kind:
Did you know that some types of nutrients can promote healing and even minimize the development of scars? Before the surgery, we recommend sticking to a well-balanced diet packed with proteins, zinc and vitamin C. Studies show that these nutrients promote healing by triggering faster cell turnover. In addition, proteins help heal scars while zinc and vitamin C promotes new skin formation and fights infections. Other nutrients that promote faster healing are vitamin A, collagen, bromelain, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid.
Manual Lymph Drainage Massage
Manual Lymph Drainage or MLD massage is an excellent pre and post-operational massage. This massage preps the skin tissues to be in the best state possible before the surgery. Studies show that just a couple of MLD sessions are enough to increase skin healing and reduce the appearance of scars.
Massage promotes healing by gently stimulating the surface of the skin. The massaging action boosts circulation while lifting scars from the underlying skin gently. If the nerves on the surgery site become sensitive, massaging it regularly reduces sensitiveness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM
TCM refers to an umbrella of treatment modalities that treat a range of diseases, including scarring. Acupuncture and acupressure reduce scars by stimulating the energy points of the body. Acupressure helps break down scar tissues and restore the flow of energy back to the surgery site for faster healing.
On the other hand, acupuncture boosts the body’s inflammatory response. This triggers the breakdown of dead skin cells and scar tissues. As thin needles are inserted on pressure points, the lymphatic system is drained as blood flow increases.
Vitamin Oil and Botanical Remedies
Vitamin E is traditionally used to heal scars and address various skin disorders. According to anecdotal reports, this nutrient helps speed up healing by promoting cell growth. Nut butters and oil like cocoa, shea butter, and Kukui oil also help moisturize the surgery site and reduce the appearance of scar tissues.
Grapeseed oil, Tamanu oil, seaweed extract, horsetail grass, castor oil, and Calendula oil are also great scar treatments.
Silicone Scar Treatment
Silicone scar ointments are clinically proven safe and effective scar treatment. This treatment is made from a combination of oxygen atoms and silicone. The ointment creates a protective barrier over the scar to maintain moisture and promote healing. In addition, silicon evens out the skin tone so the scar is less noticeable. However, this effect is only temporary.
Cicaplast, Dermatix® Silicone Gel, InviCible Advanced Scar Treatment are some of the most popular topical silicone treatments for scars.
Derma Treatments for Scars
Laser treatments, derma rollers, steroid injections and aggressive scar surgery are the most popular derma treatments for hypertrophic and keloid scars.