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Scar Treatment Options

woman checking skin in mirror

In movies, good guys scar in a fashionable attractive manner, usually in the form of a pale line strategically placed to make the character look rugged and cute at the same time. However, life is not a movie and we don’t all get so lucky. While some of us may have the good fortune of possessing the perfect scar, others of us spend our lives trying to visualize ourselves scar-free.

Although there is no method for scar removal as yet, there is hope; there are ways to lessen the appearances of scars, and you may even end up turning your less than perfect scar into something straight out of a movie. Here’s a look at scars, what they are and options for treatment.

What Is A Scar?
Scars are natural parts of the healing process of the body, usually resulting from wound repair in the skin and other tissues. Scars can be the results of diseases, accidents, surgeries, or skin conditions, such as acne.

How Do Scars Form?
Scars form when the dermis, a thick, deep layer of skin is damaged. The body forms new collagen fiber to mend the damage, but the new tissue is of a different texture and quality than the original. When the damage has healed, a scar forms.

Hypertrophic to Keloid scars
Although most scars are pale and flat, sometimes the body overproduces collagen and the scar is raised. These kinds of scars are most common in dark-skinned and younger people.

Pitted scars
Other scars have a sunken appearance. These scars result when underlying structures supporting the skin, such as fat and muscle, are lost. Pitted scars are communal the results of surgery or acne.

Stretched skin
Scars appearing as stretched skin occur when the skin stretches rapidly, as in during pregnancy or when skin is under tension while healing.

woman receiving dermabrasion treatment

Scar Treatment Options
While scars cannot be removed completely there are some ways of minimizing their appearance:

  • Topical Treatments
    Although many commercial skin care products such as vitamin E and cocoa butter cream claim to heal scars, they are not effective and should be avoided.
  • Surgery
    There is no specific surgery that can guarantee scar removal, but there are surgical procedures which can be used to change the shape of a scar, or diminish its appearance. In the cases of keloid or hypertrophy scarring, surgery is not recommended because there is a possibility of recurring scars, and even more severe scarring as a result of the surgery.
  • Steroid Injections
    Repeated steroid injections can help to flatten the scars appearance, thus softening the look of keloid or hypertrophic scars.
  • Radiotherapy
    Low dose radiotherapy can be used to prevent the recurrence of hypertrophic and keloid scarring, however, it is only recommended in extreme cases because of its association with long term side effects.

woman receiving dermabrasion treatment on legs

  • Dermabrasion
    Dermabrasion is the removal of the skin’s surface using special equipment. While it may be useful on a raised scar, it may not be as effective when the scar is sunken.
  • Laser Resurfacing
    Dermabrasion’s laser manipulating cousin, traditional dermabrasion involves removing surface layer of skin with the use of lasers. More modern types of lasers may be able to work on the collagen in the dermis without skin removal. This advancement would require less down time than the more conventional resurfacing methods.
  • Filler Injections
    Fillers can be used to raise sunken scars to match the level of the surrounding skin. However, it is to be noted, that the effects of fillers are temporary and may need to be repeated regularly.

What is your experience with scar treatment? Let us know what you recommend.

Benefits of Topical Vitamin E

Vitamins

With the recent inundation of skin products on the market, some of the more natural options are sometimes overlooked. Vitamin E is a necessary part of the skin’s antioxidant defense. It is remarkably safe and can be taken in quantities as high as 3200 IU per day, more than 100 times the US RDA. Vitamin E is a necessary part of the skin’s antioxidant defenses.  It has been shown to have an oxygen sparing effect on the heart, break sown blood clots and prevent more from forming  and promote healing of skin with less scar tissues and protect against UV rays and free radical damage.

It should be mentioned that Vitamin e in its most natural form is called D-alpha with mixed natural tocopherols.  There  are synthetic versions that are cheaper and less effective so if you want the real thing, look for D-alpha tocopherol on the label.

Uses of Topical Vitamin E

On Burns
You can drip Vitamin E on burnt skin by applying oil directly  or splitting the Vitamin capsule open.  Vitamin E is capable of healing even 3rd-degree burns.  Twice daily applications are recommended and skin should be dry before applying.  The burn should heal with less scarring and inflammation.

For sunburns, you can mix some 400 IU capsules with olive oil.  Not only will your burn fade painlessly, but it will minimize peeling.  Individuals also credit Vitamin E with hemorrhoid relief.

As A Night cream
Dab a little vitamin E oil under your eyes after you remove your makeup. Your under eye skin will be super strong.  It also reduces the chance of cheek wrinkle, which is a large fold that appears when you move the cheek toward the eye. Vitamin E also  safeguards the eyes from dark circles.

As An Anti-Aging Product
The anti-aging effects of natural products are generally slow, so persistence will pay off in the use of vitamin E as an anti-aging product.  In the form of gamma tocotrienol , Vitamin E can reverse damage from UVB radiation and free radicals, causing reduction of brown spots.

Apply After A Shower
Absorbs in minutes for skin like a baby! Vitamin E oil usually contains coconut oil, making a dynamite duo for dry skin, but as an added bonus Vitamin E also helps your skin to produce its own oil.  Vitamin E regulates the function of oil releasing glands, making it a perfect moisturizer.

Heals Any Scars
Vitamin E is known for its ability to heal injured skin tissues, You can apply it on pigmentation scars,  acne scars or scars made by cuts, wounds or surgery.

Gets Rid of Dry and Dull Skin
Take the ‘gets rid of’ part literally,  not only can it reduce dryness and flakiness,  after regular application Vitamin E concentration may actually reach a point in which it will keep working after discontinuing use.

Smooths Tangle Free Hair No more ouch!  Your days of yanking and pulling are over. Add vitamin E to a regular shampoo makes hair texture silky and smooth. In addition, Vitamin E nourishes the scalp keeping it healthy and moisturized, preventing dandruff.

There is no denying that there are some great products out there, but sometimes the best solution is the simplest.   Vitamin E is  harmless and  easily accessible at pharmacies.

Lasers and Skin Care – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman getting laser treatment done on her face.

For quite some time now, laser treatments used in skin care have alleviated many women’s skin care complaints and offered them the end results in which they wanted to attain. These treatments have grown in popularity over the past decade, and have become more of a solution to problem areas that people no longer want to deal with. Vine Vera brings you the low down on what exactly laser treatments are, what they treat, and why you should opt for them.

What Are Laser Treatments
Laser skin care treatments are targeted beams of light, generally one color in consistency, that target problem areas and send rays of light into a specific target area to destroy or alter the problem area. This is done to achieve different outcomes for different people. Usually, more than one laser skin care treatment is required to attain the desired results – there can be anywhere from 3-10 treatments required, depending on what the treatment is used for, how difficult or severe the situation is, and what the desired outcome is. These treatments are generally completed in a dermatology office by a medical doctor, however some spas have the capability of applying laser treatments as well by trained staff.

What Laser Treatments Are Used For
Many different people opt for laser skin care treatments for things such as:

  • Discoloration of the skin or pigmentation issues
  • Hair removal
  • Scars or stretch marks
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Sun Damage
  • Birthmarks and freckles
  • Lift or treat sagging skin
  • To treat dark spots other than freckles and birth marks

Among others, these are the most common reasons why a person would want to opt for laser skin care treatments.

Why You May Want Them
If you have tried other treatment methods for your particular skin care concern, and have found nothing works or you want to skip the trial and error and opt for something that is proven to work, laser skin care treatments may be for you. Although pricey, many people feel that you can’t put a price on feeling comfortable in your own skin and being happy with the way you look. There is no age required for laser skin care treatments – in fact, even babies undergo laser skin care for things such as birthmarks on the eye lids which can impede vision, and other maladies. These treatments can be a quick, fast, surefire way to achieve the results you want in a short amount of time.

Side Effects of Laser Skin Care Treatments
As with everything, there are always side effects to every treatment which may or may not affect the person undergoing the treatment. Some of these side effects include:

  • Reddened skin
  • Irritation
  • Swelling
  • Scabbing
  • Burning

The above are the most common side effects of any laser treatment, although it’s always possible to experience other side effects aside from those mentioned. Speaking with your doctor before beginning a treatment and asking questions is always advisable.

Vine Vera hopes this article helped you to form a more educated opinion of the procedure and provide you with information that can help you to decide whether or not this particular procedure would be right for you. As always, do your research and ask questions before undergoing any procedure.