How can scarring be reduced?

The following are five ways to shrink scars.

  • Massage. Believe it or not, if you gently massage the healing area a couple times per day about a month after the stitches are out, it helps remodel collagen, breaking up newly forming collagen and helping reduce scarring. Don’t bother massaging gel caps of vitamin E into a scar to make it fade; it won’t. Scar therapies that I have found to be pretty helpful are Curad Scar Therapy and Scarguard. Any silicone sheet will work decently.
  • Pressure. You can buy and apply pressure bandages with sheets of silicone gel that help keep a scar from growing too big.
  • Lasers. Bumpy scars can sometimes be smoothed out with a laser. Size counts -- the smaller, the better.
  • Steroids. Scars that heal badly, becoming large and lumpy, can be treated with a laser to reduce their redness, then injected monthly with a steroid for two to six months.
  • Do-overs. Misshapen scars can sometimes be improved with a do-over if they’re not too big and not in a busy location. Back scars, for instance, generally aren’t good candidates because they tend to stretch and widen as you move around.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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