Scar Treatments

Scar treatments have proliferated over the years illustrating how these reminders of our old injuries annoy us both from an appearance perspective but also due to effects scars can have on our day to day activities.  With several elements of our rehabilitative equipment Shelton can improve many scars to the point where they may still be somewhat visible but should not limit your activities to the same extent.

Available Treatments

We constantly encounter people who have been using various proprietary products to improve their scars.  While massaging oil, and other solutions, into a scar area will cause some changes due to the mechanical effects often the change is quite limited.  

Treatments like silicon dressings often recommended by plastic and other surgeons can certainly flatten raised scars.  Special compression garments as worn by burns victims to control the tightening and raised results such injuries produce are very effective. 

 

The Scar Response

Scars result from a previous injury from accidents, operations, infections and similar conditions.  If a superficial injury takes more than two weeks to heal it will tend to leave a visible scar.  Scar tissue is part of the body's normal defence and repair processes.   
 

Scar Formation Sequence

In order to heal a defect the body produces a cascade of response to bind the areas together.  Early responses are to control blood and other fluid losses.  Then the strength of the damaged tissue is repaired.  At the same time new vessels are produced to straddle the injured tissue.  The sequence is quite ordered but can be disturbed, intensified or delayed by repeated injury, less than ideal healing conditions and other processes going on in the body.  Initially a superficial wound can appear quite red in response to the early stages of repair.  Redness and a raised appearance can be quite obvious between three and six months.  This is not the long term appearance of the scar.  By one to two years the true long lasting nature will be revealed - flatter and lighter.   
 

More Severe Scar Responses

There are some conditions where more aggressive wound healing produces much more prominent and increasing scar tissue.  These include hypertrophic and keloid scar.  Such situations tend to be specially managed with other approaches.
 

Resecting Scars

Sometimes in people who have had a less than ideal healing response to an injury a remodelling of the wound will be undertaken often along with some additional help to reduce unhelpful stresses to the repairing tissue.
 

Maintaining Activity

Once the year or two of healing has occurred, the scar tends to retain its character.  

To some extent it is possible to modify this with exercises and other therapies to stretch the otherwise tight tissue (the body is aiming to pull wound edges together).  Usually it is best to keep up a good range of normal movements once the initial six or so weeks of wound healing have taken place.  This often ensures that the would heals at a useful length.  

Scar tissue, like all other areas of our body, is not static.  Often it appears that way.  But targeted treatments can cause the cells that control these areas to activate further responses that can cause remodelling.

 

Scar Treatment With Endermologie

The endermologie equipment Shelton uses for scar treatments was first produced by a burns sufferer to prevent contractures from his own burns, complementing the work physiotherapists were giving him.  It has been used in a multitude of human and animal injury situations since then.  

By mobilising the tissue layers and stretching the natural tightening fibres of the scar tissue, softening and remodelling can be achieved.  The dynamic response of the body will enlist the activity of the fibroblasts and associated cells to lay down a fresh structure.  

Genetically your body's natural appearance is stored in the cells. With encouragement your cells will attempt to restore this pattern as near as can be achieved.

 

Therapeutic Laser Treatments

As well as the gentle massaging action of the endermologie machine, the therapeutic laser can also aid in scar repair.  With the Gallium Arsenide scanning laser scar treatments, especially, deeper layers and their cells can be stimulated to activate and remodel over a course of time and a number of sessions.  
 

Progressive Improvement

Both scar treatments can allow areas where layers of tissue have effectively fused to remodel to the point where they can operate independently as they were designed to, gliding over each other to each perform its own function.  These are biological responses set in motion that will continue over time and gradually result in further improvements.
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