Scars remaining after injuries or surgical procedures often negatively impact a patient’s confidence and sense of self-esteem. Dr. Ali and his team at Noydeen Medical Group in Conway, Arkansas offer several treatment modalities designed to limit the formation of scars or improve their appearance over time. *Individual results may vary
Scar Reduction Q & A
Why do we get scars?
Scars are a part of the body’s healing process, created from tough collagen fibers occurring naturally in the body to mend the damage done to the dermis or skin. Genetics, age, and wound location often determine the size and texture of a scar. Wounds on frequently moving joints, for example, may break open repeatedly, increasing collagen production and creating larger scars.
Can I stop a scar before it starts?
It’s impossible to completely eliminate all scar formation, but the best treatment for reducing a scar’s appearance is good wound care that promotes speedy healing. Keeping the wound clean and covered and applying ointments as directed by your physician helps prevent bacterial infection that may enlarge or deepen a wound and create a larger scar. Picking at scabs also slows wound healing, increases the size of a wound, and typically worsens the appearance of resulting scars. Harsh cleansers such as alcohol also slow wound healing and increase the chance of developing a more noticeable scar.
Do creams and ointments help scars fade?
Vitamin E, long believed by some to reduce scar formation and speed wound healing, actually shows no benefit when it comes to treating scars. Vitamin A or retinoic acid does keep scars softer, less elevated, and less irritated when applied as directed by your physician. Silicone gel or sheets applied to a scar regularly for three months decreases the size of scars and promotes fading. Sunscreen containing zinc helps prevent hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure. Dr. Ali will determine the best course of treatment based upon your scar’s appearance, age, and location.
What about injections or other treatments?
Some sunken scars respond well to collagen injections but require repeat treatment since the collagen dissipates over time. Large keloids or ridged, raised scars that are resistant to topical treatments sometimes decrease in size when treated with steroid injections. Dr. Ali may also recommend dermabrasion or laser resurfacing for treating particularly troublesome scars.
*Individual results may vary