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May 25, 2021
Yes you can! If you have been wounded with a cut or burn, or are having surgery or a procedure done that will require an incision, it is predictable that scar management will be part of your healing process.
Whenever your skin is injured, your body’s natural response is to heal the wound which may result in scarring. Wound healing occurs in three phases, that are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The processes are generally referred to as inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. The National Institute of Health describes them as follows:
Inflammation commences with disruptions in capillary blood vessels and induction of hemostatic cascade. The leaked intravascular contents form fibrin clots, which are composed of fibrin mesh and platelets. This provisional extracellular matrix (ECM) in the wound paves the way for migration of various cells that participate in the wound healing process.
The second stage in wound healing is proliferation, which begins around day 4 or 5 with the migration of fibroblasts into the wound matrix. By 2 to 4 weeks, the fibroblasts are maximally up-regulated and replace the fibrin with a more robust matrix of collagen fibers. In the mature wound, the initial elastic fiber network is no longer observed and explains the firmness and absence of elasticity of scars (1). Another important aspect of the proliferative phase is the inward epithelialization of keratinocytes from the wound margin. Wound contraction begins around day 10 to 12, but this timing can vary with wound severity and general conditions of the patient (2).
The third and last stage in wound healing is the remodeling phase, which usually begins 3 weeks after tissue injury. Microscopic findings of this stage include decreases in fibroblast count, occlusion of blood vessels, and hardening of collagen fibers. Continuous collagen production and degradation has an effect of remodeling the mature wound matrix for approximately 6 months post injury. At this point, production and degradation balances each other, and no significant change in collagen amount is observed. The remodeling phase is the most responsible for intra- and interpersonal variations in scar qualities. A healing incisional wound can become an unsightly scar during this period. (Source).
Many doctors will advise you that the best way to heal, including to minimize scarring, is to follow their instructions on taking care of the wound, to eat diets that are rich in certain vitamins and minerals, and to use silicone to actually heal the scar.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the following are dermatologist recommended wound management techniques to minimize the scar that you will have to treat:
Silicone sheets and gels from NewGel+ help fade, flatten and soften scars and are proven to work. If scarring is something that you are worried about, having the scar remedies prepared as soon as possible is a good idea. NewGel+ offers a wide variety of silicone sheets, strips, shapes and gel so that every scar can be cared for property. Your doctor can advise you on the best time to start treating your scar for optimal healing and when it is safe for you to begin using silicone sheets or gels.
As reported in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, silicone gel heals scars based on:
The look and feel of a scar depends on the wound itself, the amount of blood that flows to the area, your own skin color and thickness, and your general health. Scars are formed when the dermis layer of the skin is damaged and the body produces new collagen to heal that damage. The new tissue that is formed has a different texture and quality than the skin around it. The scar is what remains after the injury is otherwise healed.
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