Scar Healing Time

Scar Healing Time

If the trauma is minor, healing time for the wound should be quick, and scar formation minimal. If your scar is deeper, as is often the case with surgical scars, healing time will take longer. However long it takes, a scar goes through three stages of healing. The first phase of wound healing is a period of inflammation that may last anywhere from two to six days, depending on how severe the initial trauma. During this period, you’ll experience warmth, some redness, swelling, and pain.

When the initial trauma spot begins to subside and ceases inflammation, your skin begins to produce collagen to knit the edges of the wound or trauma area together. This is the period when scarring may develop. Most scars start to improve within 2 – 3 weeks, and will continue to improve for up to six months. Finally, your skin will continue to break down the excess collagen that created your initially raised and reddish scar, and turn it into a thin, flat scar that may be visible or almost invisible. This period take from six months to several years with the finalized appearance of your scar in about 1-2 years.

Read: How to Help Your Skin Heal Scars

It’s important to respond to a wound or trauma to your skin immediately, even before healing begins. If you’re a smoker, stop! It causes blood vessels to contract, decreasing healing oxygen to the body and skin. Avoid direct sunlight while your skin heals. This may seem impossible, but it is necessary! When your skin is fully knit together, begin exercising regularly. Exercise will increase oxygen to all of your body tissues, including the deep levels of your skin. Your scar will heal more quickly, and your body will be healthier, too.

If you haven’t been eating properly, now is the time to rethink your eating habits. A balanced diet is very important to proper scar healing. Try to get the most nutritional foods possible into your system, especially foods rich in Vitamin C. Be sure to include protein-rich foods for the collagen your skin needs to heal properly, and increase your Vitamin B and zinc levels, too. Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin A to enhance your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, and drink plenty of liquids.

Most importantly, stay out of the sun and apply a sunblock with SPF 30 to ensure total protection when you go outside. At the same time, begin applying a scar healing cream to your traumatized skin or scar, as soon as your skin has completely closed up. For instance, if you have a surgical scar, laceration or burn that required sutures, use InviCible Scars on the area as soon as the sutures are removed. If you’ve had a skin resurfacing, wait until there is no “rawness” before beginning to use Invincible. For scars or dark marks from acne, apply InviCible at least twice a day, directly on the affected areas, but not on active acne spots.

With proper exercise and nutrition, avoidance of the sun and application of InviCible Scars, your scar will heal beautifully, and more quickly than you might think.

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Benefits of Chemical Peels

Benefits of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a procedure done by a dermatologist. A chemical solution is applied to the face, for the purpose of removing the upper layer of skin cells. A chemical peel accelerates the rate of new skin growth, promotes lightening of pigment, and imparts healthier, more uniform skin. Chemical peels can be combined with skin lightening procedures to maximize results.

Chemical peels have several benefits. First of all, they reduce wrinkles. The procedure separates and removes the top layers of skin to reveal the smoother, younger-looking skin below. A peel may also stimulate your skin to produce more collagen, which will promote fewer wrinkles and a younger-looking complexion.

Acne scarring is also affected by chemical peels. The peel gets rid of dead skin cells, which results in an evened-out texture. Acne scars, freckles, sunspots, and other discolorations are greatly improved by chemical peels. Chemical peeling is a quick and simple procedure with a short recovery time.

Types of Chemical Peels
There are several different types of chemical peels; you and your dermatologist should discuss them and choose the one that suits your individual needs best.

Alpha hydroxy peels typically use glycolic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth out rough skin. This is a mild peel, so while it probably won’t require any anesthetic, it will require a series of treatments to achieve the desired results.

Beta hydroxy peels use salicylic acid to treat very acne-prone skin. This type of peel is deeper than an alpha hydroxy peel and offers more striking and longer-lasting results. It is still a mild peel, though, and usually does not require anesthetic and may still require a series of treatments.

Jessner’s peels use a combination of ingredients that form a stronger solution than the alpha or beta hydroxyl peels. These peels require a recovery time of about a week, but do not require anesthetics.

TCA peels use trichloroacetic acid to treat many skin imperfections, such as sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring. Anesthetic may not be required during the procedure, but over-the-counter pain medications can be taken for the following day or two to reduce stinging. The recovery time is about a week, and the results are dramatic.

Phenol peels provide the most dramatic results of all. This peel can not only treat visual imperfections, but may also be used to remove precancerous growths. This is a more involved procedure which requires local anesthesia during the procedure and pain medication after. Recovery time can be up to a month, but many people find that the results are well worth it.

Special Considerations
Your dermatologist may advise you to apply certain products to your skin for several weeks before your treatment to exfoliate your skin and maximize the effects of the peel. In addition, a silicone gel can help your skin post-peel. This works by promoting collagen and lipid production, helping to moisturize and heal your skin. Silicone gels may also help reduce hyperpigmentation and significantly enhance the results of the procedure. Be sure to use sunscreen after a peel, as your skin is likely to be much more sensitive to sunlight. Ask your dermatologist about recommended aftercare.

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How to Improve the Appearance of Old Scars

How to Improve the Appearance of Old Scars

Looking at some children nowadays can give us “old” folks a feeling of regret, not for ourselves, but for them. Today’s generation of children is cooped up inside their houses playing with expensive gadgets. Very rarely do you see a child who would prefer to play outside over playing with iPods and video games. Playing inside all the time robs them of a regular childhood where they learn how to fall from a tree or a bike. Some of them  will never know what it’s like to wear “battle scars” like our generation.

Battle Scars

Despite our pride over our childhood scars, vanity has a way of creeping up to you, especially as we grow older. Scars can be a bit of a nuisance especially for women who are fashion-conscious. Short skirts are obviously a no-no for women who have ugly scars on their legs. Yes, despite the happy childhood, there’s nothing pretty about childhood scars.

Hide Scars

The first instinct is to cover up the scars with leggings, jeans and long-sleeved shirts. But then how about those cute little skirts and spaghetti strap dresses? Well, you can always use stockings. Then again, with the unrelenting heat that summer brings, sweaty legs are almost as unpleasant as scarred legs. Makeup is also widely used to conceal scars. It comes in many shades for different skin tones and some are waterproof too. Small, shallow scars are the easiest to conceal with makeup.

Chemical Peels  for Scars

A visit to a reputable dermatologist is the best way to learn about chemical peels. Chemical peels are gaining popularity as a way of fading scars. Peels use certain chemicals to remove the top layer of skin. This “freshens” the look and feel of the skin as well as helping to smooth out and fade the scar. It is non-invasive and has little downtime depending on the strength of the chemicals used. It may take more than one peel to significantly improve the look of the scar, especially if the scar is raised or deep. Chemical peels also have risks. In the short term, peels typically cause some degree of redness. Long term they can cause permanent skin darkening known as “hyperpigmentation” (dark spots). The risk of hyperpigmentation is increased with sun exposure while the skin heals.

Scar Revision Surgery

If scars really bother you, maybe its time to think of a more invasive procedure like scar revision surgery. Consult a reputable plastic surgeon to better guide you in making the best decision. Surgical scar revision involves excising the ugly scar and re-closing it in a more cosmetic way. This can sometimes involve re-arranging some of the tissue to hide the resulting scar even more in a skin crease or shadow. Always be sure to check the fees well ahead of time as surgery is never cheap!

Topical Scar Therapy

Now, not everybody can afford to visit the doctor, surgery is not for everyone and the exuberant fees can be an issue as most medical insurances don’t cover scar revision procedures. A gentler but effective alternative can be to use a topical scar treatment. For regular folks like you and me, it’s the most readily available option. When looking for a product pick one that has proven effective ingredients like Aloe Vera, which has wound healing properties and minimizes inflammation; Vitamin C, which boosts collagen production and promotes skin renewal; Licorice, which lightens dark scars; and Sunflower oil, which can improve scar elasticity and also help lighten it in the process. Although it may take a little more time to get rid of your scars, this is certainly less aggressive than surgery and cheaper too!

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