How To Reduce The Appearance Of Old Scars
Scars may be permanent, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to reduce their appearance. Products like scar sheets, tape, and gel are often used immediately after an injury to enhance the healing of injuries.
But what about scars that are years old? Injuries that finished healing years ago? Many people believe that there is nothing they can do about an old scar.
Fortunately, that’s not quite the whole story. Through proper treatment and care, there is solid evidence that you can dramatically improve a scar's appearance.
Read on to find out how Nuvadermis scar care products can help reduce the visibility of even old scars.
Scars are pretty complicated. In fact, every single scar goes through four distinct stages of life.
Stage 1 - Homeostasis:
This stage begins at the moment of injury or incision. Homeostasis is all about stabilizing the injured area of your body. Your blood vessels constrict to reduce blood flow to the injury site. At this stage, your blood will clot to stop bleeding and a scab will form.
Stage 2 - Inflammation:
The wound becomes red, swollen, and painful. This is the most uncomfortable stage, but it’s critical to prevent infection.
Stage 3 - Proliferation:
Now that the bleeding has stopped and the infection has been prevented, deeper healing can begin. The proliferation stage is when new tissue is formed.
If you’re hoping to minimize the appearance of your scar, this is the best moment to act.
Stage 4 - Maturation:
Maturation occurs as collagen production increases and scar tissue solidifies. A scar might take the form of a nearly invisible white line or a raised keloid, depending on the severity of the wound and how it was cared for.
The outcome for mature scars is varied, and many people believe that there is nothing you can do to change the appearance of your scar once your reach the maturation stage.
Luckily, this isn’t quite true.
The Right Conditions for Healing
Even years after our scars have seemingly finished healing you can still stake steps to reduce their appearance. We’re not talking about surgery or even laser scar treatment.
Treating an old scar is all about creating the right conditions to foster proper healing. When your scar has the proper environment, there’s a good chance it will become lighter and less noticeable over time.
Silicone scar coverings like Nuvadermis Scar Sheets and topical solutions like Nuvadermis Scar Gel are formulated to foster proper moisture and oxygen levels around scar tissue.
This encourages your skin to re-enter homeostasis (the period of stabilization early in the healing of any injury). Essentially, locking your scar up in silicone helps to flatten your scars, improving the overall appearance.
Keep in mind that this process takes time and you won’t notice results right away. But consistently covering your scars will gradually improve their appearance.
Ready to get started?
If you’re ready to take action on your old scars, Nuvadermis can help.
Nuvadermis Scar Sheets are great for large scars on areas of the body that are less active, such as a C-section scar.
Nuvadermis Scar Tape is ideal if you have a smaller scar because you can simply trim off a piece that’s the perfect size and shape. The textured surface of Nuvadermis Scar Tape helps it stay put, even on mobile body parts like your face or hands. They can even be used for acne scar treatment.
No matter which Nuvadermis product you choose to use, consider pairing them with Nuvadermis Scar Gel for advanced, concentrated healing and coverage. Just massage it into your skin and let it dry completely before applying scar sheets or tape.