HEALING SCARS

  • mancity1

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    Nov 09, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    hey guys...ive got two scars on my chest which I got from on operation done a few months ago.....

    anyway the scars it self are still a bit red and I'm quite self conscious about it.
    I'm using bio-oil and vaseline daily

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    But do you know any other methods/foods/oils etc.(whatever) that can help with the redness and reduce the scars ??

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    NOTE my scars are 3cm in diameter if that helps
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    Nov 09, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    Time... More Time..... and More Time

    -they say mederma is good, but never seen good results myself. It is basically an onion extract.

    -Bio Oil has had incredible reviews lately, but the base is mineral oil. Mineral oil is good for short term use, but not long term. However on your chest it shouldn't matter. I actually use it as lubricant sometimes.

    -Stay out of UVA/UVB rays

    -Throw that vaseline out the door. It's a petroleum derivative. There's so many better things. If you are concerned about moisture then pat some cocoa butter on it.


    -You should be able to get laser removal in about a year.


    Note: If they were surgical scars they should fade pretty nicely within the first two years.

    Good Luck!
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    Nov 10, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I have had some good results with Mederma. My next door neighbor is using the Bio-oil and is seeing some good results too. I would skip the Vaseline though.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 10, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    Where are the scars? There are some areas on the chest that are more prone to scarring.
  • neosyllogy

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    Nov 10, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    I've read that silicon sheets placed over the scars can aid scar healing significantly. (I assume the effect is mediated by the mechanical forces of the sheet constricting, but don't think the mechanism has been studied. But google it and find out; let us know if you see anything interesting.)
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    Nov 10, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    Speaking from experience (I had a suspicious naevus removed from my back a few years ago), oral vitamin C and topical vitamin E supplementation supposedly aids the healing process. That's what the dermatologist told me... icon_neutral.gif
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Nov 10, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    lavender works help fade it
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    tray Vitamin E gel or aloe vera. Also try skin therapy pads by Curad. skin therapy pads and silicone pads worked great on lessing the red and make scars kinda blends in.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 10, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Vitamin A and/or E cream

    if it's still red that means that it's still healing
    It will slowing fade and shrink
    How much of it remains depends on a few things

    How big the incision was
    How well it was coapted ...... sutured together
    after care ...... bandaging ..... if there was tension on it while it was healing
    If you did too much use or exercise while it was healing
    even sleep and the amt of water you took in while it was healing matters
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    I love my scars. They remind me to be grateful for my health and life. If others don't like them, fuck 'em!
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    Bio-oil worked for me.
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy approach to camouflage a crater deep scar about two inches long and about half inch wide was to get the tattoos on my chest. I had an implant in my chest called a PICC which stands for peripherally inserted central catheter. It was a device to administer my chemotherapy and did not heal too well.

    Keep your scar out of the sun and no tanning beds for you either. That is will impede if not halt the healing process altogether. I am not sure the recommended duration time but I would say cover the scar for six to twelve months. This depends on the severity of the scar. The rest of the advice you got here sounds pretty good.


    I am now going to creep on your pictures to see if I can see it.


    And thats a negative... I think it would be awkward getting a tattoo over a scar.. Mmh. I'd try but only places I have scars are my legs.
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    After having surgery a few years to place an icd in my chest I used both Mederma and Bio Oil. The redness eventually went away and after even more time the scar was smoothed and not raised. You can still tell the scar is there as there is a white mark a little lighter than my skin color, but it is pretty faint. I think with time you would probably have a little bit better results than I had as my skin was stretched a little bit to cover the device in my chest.
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    Nov 10, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Awww....U'll be okay guy...Anything surgical on your body is traumatic, and most likely requires a lot of emphasis on self-care and healing. A lot of sleep too. As you sleep, especially in the aftermath in any alteration on the body, your body relaxes and heals itself. In lieu of when you had this done, and reasonably allotting enough time for your body to return to its own equal footing of health with respect to everything else your body and overall life may be impacted by the nature of scaring physio-adjustments, you should take it easy like breezy and ever 6 months pass by respectively, you can go to the same surgeon or and reconstructive/plastic surgeons they may be affiliated with and inquire about any potential in treatment of scar pigment..Providing you're in an overall good state of health and your body heals well, the scars will fade a lot more than the color/shade you currently see it now. There's different lazor methods medical/cosmetic Dr.'s do in where after months of healing they'll adjust and try to align the specific melanin and innate skin tune you have and nicely fade & blend he coloration of the scar to the natural color tune of your skin shade, (**as close as it plausibly can get,anyway.) Depending on the extensiveness of the scar and you own body's healing capability most patients need to do a certain number of sessions in optimally getting to the desired result. Be reasonable though, there's no miracle surgery,lazors, and creams that fully restore the body once it was yielded by Mr. happy or sad knife!... ..So many people have these surreal expectations in high hopes that the race for the unattainable desire will somehow render an attainable one. If you ask me, having hope for the most part; is prolonged disappointment, no joke!... .. . . icon_smile.gificon_wink.gif '
  • MidwesternKid

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    Nov 10, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    It is going to be a while before all that dead skin lifts off your body and the visibility starts to fade. But in the mean time those creams and such will do a bit of good.
  • aiko14

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    Nov 10, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI love my scars. They remind me to be grateful for my health and life. If others don't like them, fuck 'em!


    great to read that there are more people who actually love their scar...

    -from a person who used to hate his scarface
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    After the scars have fully healed and your waiting for the scar marks to fade you could ask your doctor for prescription strength fade cream aka bleaching cream (hydroquinone 4%) amounts less than 4% are sold in the beauty sections of Wal-mart, Walgreens, and other store that have a beauty section. It also may be sold aside the mentioned fade creams from above.

    However hydroquinone is a possible carcinogenic and it's use shouldn't be long term, that being said a prescription base formula should speed up in diminishing the scar marks to a non noticeable appearance.
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
    I'm sure that scars on the chest are different then other areas. But when my little bro was in an accident and had some surgery, the plastic surgeon said the silicon sheets were dramatically better then mederma or any other currently available alternative. Given his results were astounding...I would have to say her advice is rock solid. I don't know how but his skin actually looks younger post surgically then it did before.
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    Nov 10, 2010 8:57 AM GMT
    I say keep mosturizing your skin everyday with a lotion with vitamen A and E in it. I use to have a really bad scar or my food since it got sliced by an axe when I was small doing stupid stuff. Time is the only way those scars will go away, they might not go away completely but it will fade. I however love some scars on people since it makes some men actually look more manly and make them look like they been through hell or something. If you want it to be removed quickly about like a week or so, then I suggest laser removal. Im thinking about getting some stuff laser, and its pretty cheap from my research, about 200-300 but it depends on what the scar is.
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    Nov 10, 2010 10:39 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI love my scars. They remind me to be grateful for my health and life. If others don't like them, fuck 'em!


    I second that notion, and some scars even look cool... but depending on the scarring. I have several scars, some of them fairly large and visible. But not from any serious injuries. Just a matter of patching up some cuts in the skin. I'm fine with those scars (and my cauliflower ear).
    But I doubt I'd love it if I had a huge scar from burns. Burn scars are just scary looking.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 10, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks for the discussion. Very relevant to me for my recent arm surgery because of the staph infection. Mine aren't too bad, but it looks like the wound that is still healing will leave a pretty decent scar on the top of my arm.
    I'm not too worried about it particularly, but this discussion is helpful. Thanks.
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    Nov 10, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    Makesure you get enough zinc in your diet or through vitamins as well- there's a zinc-dependent enzyme needed for collagen remodeling. Also enough vitamin C (you'll need a little more than usual but don't worry you'll just pee out what you don't need). You can take the little gel-filled vitamin E pills, cut them open and rub them on your scar if it's more in your budget.

    If your scar is really wide (but not too wide) you can always have it removed by a plastic surgeon. A general surgeon that stitches well would be fine too, it's a really simple procedure and if you can take it you might be able to do it with local anesthesia.