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Scar reduction treatment? Scar reduction treatment?

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Unread 11-06-2007, 01:00 PM
Scar reduction treatment?

How about those scar lotions to out on scars to reduce the amount of scarring? Anyone have any sucess using them in the past, or when to start using them?
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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:22 PM
Scar reduction treatment?

I havent tried anything on this scar yet. been wondering if they work like the comercials or not .
Unread 11-06-2007, 07:32 PM
Scar reduction treatment?

I havent tried them yet,but since I have been cut open in the same spot 3 times none will probably work for me.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 08:23 PM
Scar reduction treatment?

I've tried them all, and every other scar reduction option short of painful cortisone shots or scar reduction surgery.

On when to start... talk with your DR. Mine told me not to put anything but warm soapy water on my colectomy incision (12 inch vertical) until he pronounced it completely sealed and well on its way to healing, which was about 4-5 weeks if I remember correctly, but everyone heals at a different rate.

First, he had me try Vitamin E cream. It really didn't do anything, but then my scar was hypertrophic/keloid.

Next, he had me try the silicone sheets you can buy at the drugstore. There is research which supports the effectiveness of these things, and I tried to like them, but they didn't do enough. The scar did lighten a little and flatten slightly, but it was still pretty ugly, even after several weeks of nonstop use.

Then he sent me to a plastic surgeon, who prescribed Aldara cream. It's meant for treating genital warts, but an off-label use is scar reduction because it's an immunosuppressor (basically keeps the tissue from looking so 'angry' due to attacking itself). It did work better than the other treatments, but it is very expensive, and my insurance wouldn't cover it because it was an off-label use. That was a few years back; it may be worth checking to see if that's still the case.

After that, since the scar was still quite unattractive, the plastic surgeon said my next option was painful cortisone injections which might or might not work. Well, I wanted it to look better, but not enough to do that. I'd had one of those in my foot and didn't want a whole row of them in my belly.

Finally, I asked about scar reduction surgery. I was told that if you are prone to keloids/hypertrophic scarring, and have the surgery, chances are pretty good that you'll just form another one and have to start all over healing.

Then I decided to try a Chinese medicine product that I found mentioned on my favorite wound care website, worldwide wounds. You might check it out. The stuff was black and smelly, but it did help flatten the scar some more. After a few weeks, though, it really irritated it and I had to stop.

Since then, I just use derma e scar gel, which contains onion extract (the same active ingredient as mederma but much cheaper).

The bottom line is, time is your best friend here. It's now four and a half years since that surgery and the scar has faded quite a bit and flattened out nicely. It'll never go away, though. Oh well - it's a part of me now.

Unread 11-06-2007, 08:24 PM
Scar reduction treatment?

I am expecting some stuff I ordered in the mail any day now...will keep you posted. However, this is not for fresh incisions!

I can't mention commercial products here, so PM me if you want a couple of brand names.

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