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How to Get Rid of Raised Scars
Raised scars also are known as keloid or hypertrophic scars. These scars can result when uncontrolled collagen fibers build over a wound or other skin disturbance, such as a piercing or even acne lesion. These scars can be both itchy and displeasing to the eye, according to CareFair.com. Treatment options are available to reduce the collagen buildup or to remove the scar tissue. The choice to seek treatment can depend on cost, effects on the skin and the severity of the scar itself.
Apply a compression device or silicone gel pad over the raised scar, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Either of these devices can be purchased over the counter. Silicone gel pads resemble a bandage, and when applied to the skin, can promote the re-arrangement of collagen fibers, which can reduce the height the scar is raised above the skin. A compression device can help to break up the hardened collagen of the scar, making it more pliable and less pronounced.
Apply a topical ointment or cream to the scar, such as cocoa butter, vitamin E or a scar treatment cream, such as a silicone gel. These topical applications help to soften the scar, which can reduce the itching and irritation that can accompany a raised scar, according to CareFair.com. When applied several times per day, these applications can help to flatten the scar.
See a physician to determine if intralesional injections can benefit you, according to the American Academy of Dermatology 1. This type of injection administers a corticosteroid into the scar in order to help to flatten the scar. These injections may require several treatments, such as bi-weekly injections for several months in a row. If these injections do not improve the scar's appearance, your physician may recommend more invasive treatments.
Combine injection therapy with cryosurgery, a procedure that freezes the tissue in order to deaden it, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This treatment is performed in a physician's office and can help to reduce the appearance of raised scars. However, this treatment is not indicated for those with darker skin because the pigmentation of the skin can cause the skin to become discolored.
If you have developed raised scars, it's likely that you are predisposed to do so. For this reason, it is a good idea to avoid piercing, tattooing or any activity that injures the skin, as a raised scar can occur.
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