How can scars be treated?

Tara Whitworth
There are several things you can do to help lessen the appearance of a scar. Don’t expose wounds to sunlight for at least a year, as sunlight causes the scars to turn a red or purple color. Keep the wound clean and do not pick at the wound or scab. Once the scabs have healed, and the wound is closed, you can use a scar treatment cream. Use gentle massage to apply the cream, as this will help to flatten out the scar. If you have a scar that has not healed properly or that you are unhappy with, talk to your doctor. You may be a candidate for scar revision.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The treatment of scars is multifactorial. Steroid injections (kenalog) may be useful to soften and smooth out a hypertrophic scar. Multiple injections may be required. Silicone gel sheeting and ointments (Kelocote) may be used twice daily for new and pre-existing scars, surgical excision of hypertrophic scars may be useful (not for keloids). Pressure dressings and vitamin E may be useful as well. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are topical prescriptions, like creams with silicone, which may reduce the thickness of scars. Cortisone injections might also help. When a scar is indented, a doctor can use soft tissue fillers, like collagen, to fill out the area, but these injections must be repeated periodically. Dermabrasion can be used to "sand" the layers of skin and make it more even. The scar most likely won't disappear completely, but its appearance should be reduced.


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