A fall down the stairs, a car accident or surgery: many of life’s events leave their marks as small or large scars. Nearly everybody has one or even more scars to remind him or her of such situations. Scars may not only cause discomfort and pain or hinder mobility, but can also reduce self-confidence particularly when located on visible parts of the body.
Different types of scars
What are the risk factors?
How to reduce the risk of scarring
Scars are formed in the last phase of wound healing. In order to reduce the risk of unsightly scars and ensure a safe and fast healing, it is recommended to follow some basic wound care principles:
- Wound cleansing: As infections may increase the risk of abnormal scarring, always make sure that the wound is properly cleansed from particles, dirt and bacteria. Use the Hansaplast Wound Spray to cleanse the wound fast and easily.
- Wound protection: Make sure the wound is covered with an appropriate plaster or sterile wound dressing from Hansaplast. This will protect the wound from germs and bacteria which might enter the wound, delay wound healing and possibly cause wound infection.
- Moist wound healing: To reduce the risk of scarring and support a faster wound healing, experts recommend moist healing conditions. Apply the Hansaplast Wound Healing Ointment to create optimal healing conditions and support a fast wound healing with reduced risk of scarring.
Also note the following tips to additionally prevent scars:
- Protect wounds and newly formed scars from the sun rays.
- Do not expose wounds and newly formed scars to extreme temperatures.
- Avoid exercises or activities that cause tension to the scar tissue.
How to treat and reduce scars
As scars are often perceived as unattractive and can significantly impact quality of life, we often seek to reduce or hide their appearance. In the event of severe scarring, there are a number of medical procedures that can be performed by dermatologists, surgeons, and other medical experts. More invasive techniques can involve corticosteroid injections, laser therapy, or surgery, among others.
Also, the visibility of scars can often be reduced with non-invasive, topical products such as the Hansaplast Scar Reducer. This product is clinically proven and helps to flatten, lighten and soften scar tissue. Clinical studies have shown a positive trend in visible scar reduction when used on raised and coloured scars for 8 consecutive weeks for at least 12h a day.