Question: A year ago, I burned my forearm on the handle of a panini maker and it left a dark brown, flat oval-shaped scar. Despite trying scar plasters, etc., it never went away. Though it didn’t bother me in the winter as I could cover it up with cardigans and long-sleeve tops, it’s now summer and I can’t hide it. Plus, it’s quite noticeable because it’s a big scar (about 2cm x 5cm). Is there a non-surgical scar reduction treatment or topical creams you could recommend? – Hiba, Worthing
Answer: ‘If you prefer a treatment, try the eTwo System’s Sublative fractionated skin-resurfacing treatment.’ says Dr. Sabika Karim, medical director, Revere Clinics. After a topical anaesthetic is applied, an applicator is placed over the scar. This scar reduction treatment creates tiny microscopic channels in a grid-like pattern in the skin to deliver radiofrequency energy. ‘This energy creates heat in the upper dermis that stimulates the fibroblasts to create new collagen and elastin, that’s why it’s used as an anti-aging treatment.’ says Dr. Karim. What’s more, this scar reduction treatment’s radiofrequency energy affects the skin around the microscopic channels to stimulate that heavenly healing process and new healthier skin cells to replace the old pigmented ones. So the skin is radiantly resurfaced. Plus, the actual scar reduction treatment takes just two minutes for the size of your scar. Note: a pigment inhibitor cream might be prescribed before and during the treatment course.
Post-scar reduction session, the skin is mildly red and swollen for a day with mild exfoliation of the 1mm channels for a few days. The results can be seen around week four.
The eTwo System’s Sublative fractionated skin-resurfacing treatment, from £200 per session, is available at Revere Clinics. Three to five treatments per month may be recommended.
If you’re looking for something topical, Dr. Elisabeth Dancey, cosmetic physician, Bijoux Medi-Spa, recommends using scar reduction creams, such as 0,3% or 0,5% retinol from SkinCeuticals and a whitening cream from Inno-Derma. Retinol (vitamin A) will exfoliate dead pigmented skin cells while increasing cell turnover to radiantly reduce the scar, making the skin smoother and more even. And for further scar reduction, a whitening cream uses the power of pigment-stabilising agents, retinol and an exfoliating agent to fabulously fast-forward the reduction of pigment in the scar, improve strength of the tissue, soften fibrous tissue and reduce the dry dead cell layer (stratum corneum). Make sure to use a high factor UVA/UVB sunscreen to protect the area always as vitamin A can make the area more sun sensitive.
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