The simple answer? Most scars are permanent.
Fading a Scar
The ultimate goal for most people is to reduce the appearance of their scar. There are many ways to help a scar fade over time and one of the biggest contributors to scar fading is nutrition. By having the right balance of nutrients, the body is able to supply the scar tissue with the nutrients required to heal properly and reduce the appearance of the scar. Just as it is important to ingest these nutrients, regular application of creams with vital nutrients is also helpful to minimize your scar’s appearance.
Exercise is another element that can help fade scars. Giving the muscles, ligaments, and skin movement around the scar is going to help reduce the amount and severity of the scar tissue; thus, reducing the appearance.
Beware of the Sun
Some people are under the misconception that regardless of whether or not a scar is new or old, they can simply sit in the sun to even it out or attempt to hide it under a tan. Nothing could be further from the truth. The last thing a scar needs is exposure from the sun.
Scar tissue is not like normal skin. When it comes to how it feels, they way it functions, and its overall appearance it is quite inferior. Old and new scars alike are prone to sunburn, especially when they are brand new, they are less resistant to ultraviolet rays and can permanently be darkened with too much exposure from the sun. This is even truer for people who have dark skin complexions.
To prevent these things from happening, you should take extra care when preparing to be in the sun. All year long you should make every effort to protect your scars from direct sun exposure.
- Sun block with high SPF should be applied directly onto the scar.
- Using a water resistant sun block is important, but remember to re-apply every 2 hours.
- If you are unable to avoid the sun entirely, you should wear sun protective clothing over scars. Clothing with a high UPV of 50 would be just right.
When it comes to skin healing, smoking is known to be linked to complications. Typically, plastic surgeons recommend that at least a month before any plastic surgery procedure, patients give up smoking.
When any cuts or wounds occur, scars simply are a part of the healing process. They need to mature for healing to be completed. This can take many months to happen. Infections can be related to smoking as one of the complications to healing. Scars may worsen if infections should develop.
For those that are looking to reduce the appearance of their scars, avoiding certain behaviors is going to be the best way to make the scar less noticeable. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help promote healing and diminish the look of any scar, as well as using your scar treatment regularly and consistently.
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