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Dispelling 5 Myths About Scar Treatment

Scars, burns, and acne are a common problem we see in our offices at Vein & Skin Laser Center.

People often think they must learn to live with scars, but in today’s world, new non-invasive, in-office treatments make that mindset a thing of the past. We find it so rewarding to be able to free someone from a physical scar that perhaps had been a source of lower self-esteem, embarrassment or discomfort.

Although unsightly, scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process. How quickly a wound heals is an important factor in determining the severity of the scar.

Lucky for you, we’ve gathered some great tips to help you reduce scarring in case you are injured:

1. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts.
Hydrogen peroxide is actually more harm than good for your open wounds. As the chemical bubbles, it wipes out bacteria, but also kills off your healthy tissue and cells. The same is true for rubbing alcohol and iodine. Next time you have a moderate to mild cut, just flush the wound with warm water.

2. Keep cuts moist.
Contrary to what your mother may have told you, tissue repair and cell growth work better and faster in a moist environment. Smear antiseptic ointment on your cut and wrap it tightly with gauze or a Band-Aid. Regularly change bandages to decrease the risk of bacterial infection.

3. Vitamin E and cocoa butter are not the answer.
Ask anyone how to fade scars and you will hear someone suggest Vitamin E. However, several scientific studies have shown that using Vitamin E or cocoa butter to treat scars offers no improvement in the size, thickness, or appearance of scars.

4. Not all scars lighten and fade.
A scar can take up to a year to form completely and even longer to disappear. The likelihood of a scar disappearing depends on its age and severity. Treating the scar gives us more control in drastically reducing its size and appearance. Raised scars like keloids usually require additional assistance to fade.

5. Don’t wait to treat a scar.
New scars exhibit the best responses to treatments. If you want to get rid of a scar, we recommend seeking medical attention within one month of the injury. By waiting, you allow more time for deep scar tissues to grow, which can potentially restrict movement in muscles and tendons.

At Vein & Skin, we use a special tool to aid in the reduction of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Known as CO2 Laser Resurfacing or ActiveFX™, the treatment stimulates collagen production and noticeably improves skin tone and texture. With only 20 minutes spent in the doctor’s office, ActiveFX™ is ideal for those with a busy lifestyle that desire a reduction in their scar, and fast.

Although it may take a few treatments, patient satisfaction is extremely high when they see the results.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 404.508.4320. We look forward to seeing you.

-Dr. Fern