We can get scars by choice or by chance — perhaps surgery or an accident — but they are a natural part of the body’s natural healing process. It results from the biological process of tissue repair and replacing lost or damaged skin. Most wounds come with a certain degree of scarring; a common by-product when our body heals itself from injuries, diseases or skin conditions. Scars may also develop when the dermis, the deeper and thicker layer of the skin, gets damaged.
Fortunately, in time, most scars gradually smoothen and soften as collagen breaks down at the site of the wound, and blood supply reduces. This means that scars eventually fade over a period of time. However, some remain.
Often, a scar’s appearance is determined by how well the wound heals. Therefore, it is important to take steps to make sure our wounds are treated properly. You could:
Generally, if a scar has not disappeared in two years, it is likely to stay.
Spot products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), which often help with dead skin removal and preventing clogged pores. The mild acid helps make acne scars appear less noticeable, reducing discolouration and rough skin. You could also consider lactic acid, which helps improve skin texture, appearance, pigmentation of the skin and lighten acne scars.
While this may not help lighten your scars, it can help prevent your scars from darkening any further and prevents further damage from UV rays. As such, it’s important to apply sunscreen regularly.
There are different kinds of natural products that may help with your scars. Blackseed Oil, also known as Nigella Sativa is native to Eastern Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also speed up wound healing and even out pigmentation.
Another plausible option would be Rosehip Oil. Marketed largely as a solution to ageing, this is widely available and safe to apply directly to the skin. It can help with surgical scars, acne scars and lessen skin discolouration as well.
Hopefully, these treatments may help, although the effects vary from person to person. If you would like to try more targeted treatments, there are some safe and effective options with minimal downtime.
A medically proven and FDA-approved treatment for scars, it uses nano fractional radio frequency and SMARTSCAN technology to resurface the skin by delivering energy through the epidermis and the dermis. This helps with rebuilding collagen that assists the body to remove scars without the need for needles, surgery or discomfort. Other than its scar-removing capabilities, this can also be used to reduce facial wrinkles, fine lines and pores.
An advanced skin healing treatment, the Rejuran Healer is designed to stimulate collagen production to heal the skin. It encourages the restoration of the skin’s collagen structure and makes the skin feel smoother. With Rejuran, cell renewal is triggered when it is delivered into the dermis, allowing it to improve the condition of damaged and scarred skin. As such, it improves complexion and removes scars. For this treatment, results are quick and visible with a clearer complexion after 2-5 days of the treatment. However, to achieve optimal results, 3 sessions with an interval of 3 weeks is recommended.
An advanced skin laser treatment, this removes both shallow and deep scars precisely and with less risk, discomfort and lesser treatment sessions. During the procedure, a topical anaesthetic cream will be applied before the laser treatment commences for your comfort throughout the quick 10-minute session. Thereafter, a cooling masque is applied to calm the skin and accelerate the healing process. This treatment is also non-invasive and non-surgical, keeping downtime short and normal daily activities can be resumed shortly. However, exposure to excessive heat like sunbathing should be avoided during recovery.
Using plasma to deliver heat to the targeted treatment area without affecting the surrounding tissues, this treatment has been clinically proven to regenerate skin. It is also able to treat different skin problems such as scars and can be used even on sensitive areas, like the eyes. Similarly, it is a needleless procedure and is notably safe and effective with no pain or downtime required. It usually takes around 20 minutes per session, but this is also dependent on the treatment area and condition of your skin.
With a wide variety of skin treatments available for you, you will be spoilt for choice. Ultimately, the best treatment for you is dependent on your skin condition and the types of scars you may have. Book a consultation to discuss what treatment plan would work best for you.