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how to reduce scarring

The Melanoma Scan doctor and nurse will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your wound to reduce scarring. 

Shave excisions

With Shave excisions, the best results can be achieved using moist wound healing, using antibiotic ointments such as chloromycetin ointment or otocomb on high risk areas for infection, or using strataderm or stratamed silicone containing gels for areas at risk of keloid scarring.  For some areas simple moist wound dressings using Vaseline, antiseptic creams or pawpaw ointment may be a low cost and suitable alternative.  Your doctor will recommend the treatment that he believes is most suitable for your particular wound and situation.

Ellipse excisions

With ellipse excisions, taping is an important aspect of wound care to prevent a stretched up scar despite the support of the deep sutures. Equally important is abstaining where possible from exercise for up to 6 weeks following surgery.  That may not always be possible with people engaged in manual work, but often with care and getting assistance with lifting and carrying, stretching of the scar can be minimised.

Keloid scarring is a feared outcome for all excisions, however is very uncommon outside of a small group of people who appear to be prone to them.  In this group, silicone gels are utilised and the wound is reviewed 3-4 weeks after surgery to see if there is any sign of keloid formation, which can often appear after apparently normal early healing as a raised red itchy and uncomfortable scar.  Occasionally steroid injections may be used to halt keloid formation or reduce an established keloid scar, but the results are not always satisfactory in this keloid prone group of patients.

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Minimising Scars After Surgery for Skin Cancer Treatment

Scars are a natural part of the healing process, especially after skin cancer surgery such as Mohs surgery. While the removal of cancerous cells is crucial, many individuals are concerned about the appearance of scars post-surgery. Fortunately, there are several effective methods and treatments available to minimise scarring and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

What Are Effective Ways to Reduce Scarring Post Skin Cancer Removal?

Minimising scarring with proper care is essential in promoting optimal wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars. Following post-operative care instructions, such as keeping the surgical site clean and avoiding excessive sun exposure, can aid in scar prevention. Using silicone gel for scar reduction is a popular method that helps flatten and fade scars over time, improving the skin's appearance.

Sunscreen plays a crucial role in scar prevention by protecting the skin from harmful UV rays that can darken scars and hinder the healing process. Regular application of sunscreen on the scarred area can help prevent discoloration and promote better scar healing, leading to improved overall skin health.

What Are the Treatment Options to Reduce the Appearance of Existing Scars?

Skin grafts are commonly used in scar revision to improve the appearance of existing scars. This procedure involves transferring healthy skin to the scarred area to promote better healing and reduce scar visibility. Utilising injections for scar tissue reduction is another effective method that can help break down scar tissue and improve the overall texture of the skin.

Benefits of silicone in scar management are well-documented, as silicone sheets or gels can help hydrate the scarred area and improve its elasticity, ultimately leading to a smoother and less noticeable scar. Incorporating silicone products into a scar care routine can significantly enhance the appearance of existing scars.

How Can Keloid Scars Be Prevented or Treated?

Understanding keloid formation and treatment is crucial in preventing and managing keloid scars. Keloids are raised scars that extend beyond the original incision site and can be challenging to treat. Effective methods to reduce the likelihood of keloid scarring include using pressure garments or silicone sheets to help flatten and soften the scars.

Various techniques, such as cryotherapy or laser therapy, can be utilised to minimise keloid scars by targeting excess scar tissue and promoting a more even skin texture. By implementing a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the specific characteristics of keloid scars, individuals can effectively manage and improve the appearance of these challenging scar types.

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