With skin posing as one of the most sensitive organs of the human body, its seamless attribute means that every injury, burn or trauma can leave a scar. The body naturally goes into healing mode once affected, however the process can sometimes leave adhesions that can cause pain, discomfort, stiffness, lack of flexibility or mobility, and at times blood and lymphatic circulation problems. This reason behind this is because the connective tissue of the scars (scar tissue) does not have the same elasticity as the original tissue.
Thankfully science lends its hand and patients are now able to undergo treatments without the fear of scarred skin.
Here are the available scar-combating solutions:
1. UrgoTouch® Laser
The innovation of the UrgoTouch® laser lies in stimulating the scarring process as soon as the surgical operation is completed, just after suturing, to obtain a less visible scar. By diffusing deeply into the skin, the heat generated by the UrgoTouch® laser modulates the inflammatory reaction process at its very beginning and promotes the organization of the collagen fiber network to improve the scarring result.
2. Fractional Radiofrequency
This method uses heat that acts on the surface layers of the skin. The heat intends to break down stagnant collagen and elastin, which leads to cell regeneration i.e. better healing.
3. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
The IPL itself is actually a powerful light source that has the ability to penetrate the skin by filtering wavelengths of light, thus gently injuring the deeper layers and sparing the outer layers. The light itself helps trigger the production of collagen, which aids the healing process.
4. CO2 Fractionated Laser
The CO2 fractionated laser is a state-of-the-art non-surgical technology that allows complete skin rejuvenation by fighting most of the deep skin problems patients face. The treatment itself is designed to treat persistent skin conditions that have caused skin sequelae.
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory which, when injected into the scar site, will reduce redness and fibrosis, especially during complicated scarring e.g. with keloid scars.
6. Massage Therapy & Medicoone
Massage therapy is known to help patients recover more quickly, reduce the appearance of scars, improve the suppleness of skin, break scar adhesions and reduce edema.
With the use of specialized techniques adapted to your situation, our massage therapist can help you reduce the discomfort associated with the procedure. In fact, depending on the condition of your tissue, history, type of procedure received and recovery, it can help you recover more easily. Our massage therapist has several tools and techniques to drain the edema (that causes swelling), reduce adhesions (tightness, stiffness) and improve skin suppleness with a paler and more discrete scar.
In addition, there is the option of endermology, which is a mechanical massage method that implements the Medicoone device. This method makes use of rollers that help the body stimulate collagen and elastin, thus reducing cellulite by activating the natural drainage process of fat tissue and skin.
7. Silicone Gel
Silicone gel dries quickly after application to form a film; this silicone gel film is flexible, gas permeable and water resistant. It adheres to the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of dead cells), creating a protective barrier against chemical, physical and microbial invasion of the scar while contributing to the skin's hydration. Essentially, this creates an environment that allows the scar to evolve with a normalized collagen synthesis and improves its physiological and aesthetic appearance.