Reducing scarring can be difficult, but new tools are helping to remodel and fade scars with great success.
Scars are part of the natural healing process, and are made up of collagen fibres. These fibres make a ‘patch’ of stronger skin to replace the skin that was broken, to stitch it up. A well-healed wound has less scarring, but some areas are tougher than others to avoid scarring on, especially from surgery, like elbows and knees.
Radiofrequency for scars
Radiofrequency treatments use radio waves to remodel scarring by adjusting how the collagen sits. Scars are made up of collagen fibres, so anything that stimulates collagen is useful for treating scarring.
Scars can be ablated – essentially scrubbed off – with lasers. Once you take the top few layers off a scar, the scar must heal again, but it does so smoother, flatter, and more evenly coloured. Some scars we can’t do much with, except improve their appearance, but we have great tools to do just that.
Acne scarring and pitting
Acne scars can benefit from a handful of treatments, depending on the type of scarring you have. Read more about treating acne scars.
Avoiding scarring – tips
- Keep your injury or wound clean to avoid infection and further irritation.
- Keep the wound moist – apply petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) to avoid a scab – wounds with scabs take a longer time to heal. Put a bandage over the top to avoid the jelly going everywhere.
- Clean the wound daily with mild soap and warm water, and replace the dressing.
- If stitches were required, follow the directions of your doctor.
- Apply sunscreen once the wound has healed – scars can sometimes discolour to red or brown if exposed to sunlight.
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