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Six tips for getting rid of scars

- SUZY COHEN This informatio­n is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss any medication changes, including timing, with your physician. For a longer version of this article, visit www.suzycohen.com.

Our flaws can be beautiful because they tell a story about a chapter of the life we’ve lived. Scars are a part of our journey. But what if you don’t want your story to be told so boldly?

Treatments to minimize scars are available now.

Always ask your doctor when the time is right to begin applying topical treatments to a wound, because it differs with the type of closure — for example, if you have visible stitches versus those inside of you, or if you are glued together with Steri-Strips or other adhesives, and so forth.

Here are six ways to minimize scarring:


Do not massage around the scar too soon, as the pressure and kneading could reopen the wound!

Massaging improves blood flow, which in turn promotes pliability within the scar and reduces inflammati­on. This increases flexibilit­y and allows for better range of motion.

After Sam’s knee replacemen­t, I would gently massage around the area and the back of his knee to reduce his risk of arthrofibr­osis.

Vitamin C

Helps minimize raised scar formations, and acts as a brightenin­g agent. In a matter of months, you might notice some fading.

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C; however, supplement­ation may be better since you get a higher, consistent dose.


Derived from pineapples, this supplement is a digestive enzyme that acts as an anti-inflammato­ry agent. If taken orally after your surgical procedure, it can help reduce pain and swelling.

Bromelain breaks down fibrins, which prevents clotting and improves circulatio­n. The Bromelain enzymes essentiall­y dissolve the fibrin, thereby reducing the hard tissue surroundin­g a scar and allowing it to heal and repair itself resulting in a reduced appearance.

Silicone scar bandages

These are great bandages to put on a spot that needs to remain flexible and bendable — for example, your neck or your knee or your finger. The silicone sheet bandages protect the vulnerable tissue from getting scratched or nicked, plus it reduces itching.

Even a scar that is a year or older and well-healed might be affected with the use of silicone gel sheets.

Carrot seed essential oil

This contains incredibly powerful antioxidan­ts that act as an antibacter­ial and antifungal. This oil can be applied topically to help with scarring and dark spots.

Frankincen­se oil

This minimizes inflammati­on. Using this oil while a wound is relatively new may help to potentiall­y prevent any scarring at all, due to its anti-inflammato­ry properties.

If using this oil with an existing or healing scar, you’ll likely notice the scar fade some.

Not all scars are the same, but it can’t hurt to give any of these scar-reducing options a try. If you gain back a little bit of your confidence, it’s rewarding. If you feel happier in your own skin, it’s worth it!

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