After an accident, there are many issues and questions that surface with the victims. If you have been injured in an accident, you know all of the questions that continually go through your mind. Once you have been treated and are recovering, you may be faced with the issue of permanent scarring. Now the question is, “Will this scar ever go away?”
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Scarring is fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury. It's a natural part of the healing process. Almost every wound will have scarring of varying degrees. The tissue produced in scarring is not identical to the tissue it is replacing. Scars usually are less resistant to ultraviolet radiation and sweat glands and hair follicles don’t grow back. There are several treatments to lessen scarring. These include:
- Topical treatments - This is the use of silicone gel sheeting. It is used by plastic surgeons as well as burn centers and provides nice results.
- Needling - This is a process where the area is needled continuously which will promote collagen forming in the scar area.
- Pressure garments - These are garment specifically made for the victim and worn 24 hours a day for anywhere from six months to a year. The constant pressure is believed to cause the scars to become softer and flatter. This process is used frequently with burn victims who have large areas of scarring.
- Steroid injections - Steroids are injected into the actual scar to flatten and soften the scar.
- Dermabrasion - This is the removal of the surface of the skin. This process is more effective in treating raised scars as opposed to scars that are sunken.
- Collagen injections - Collagen injections are used to treat sunken scars. Collagen is injected and the sunken scar rises to the surface of the skin. The effects are not permanent and this process has to be repeated on a regular basis.
- Surgery - The scars can be cut out and stitched up but you run the risk of the surgery scar healing the same way. A new form of treatment is laser surgery. It has been effective in lowering the redness of the scar but not as much in flattening the scar.
If you have scarring, either from an accident or other injury, and you want to do something about it, please see your doctor. They will help you pick the right healing method for you. They will also be there for you if you have any questions about your scars or the healing process.