Dermabrasion is one of the most popular and effective treatments for facial scars. Unlike microdermabrasion kits purchased at the drugstore, Dermabrasion is done by a dermatologist. They exfoliate the top layer of skin on your face with a wire brush or a wheel.
The following are some of the dermabrasion side effects:
darkening of the skin
redness and swelling
uneven skin tone
Peels with chemicals
Chemical peels are made up of mild acids applied to the skin in a single layer. As a result, the epidermis (top layer of skin) exfoliates and peels away, revealing a new layer of skin.
Chemical peels are divided into three categories:
Deep peel: Because it penetrates deeper into the skin, this peel uses phenol and is the most common type for scars.
Superficial peel: This has fewer side effects and may help with minor scar discoloration.
Medium peel: The glycolic acid in this peel is most commonly used for antiaging treatments, though it can also be used for discoloration.
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, deep peels are so intense that they can take up to three weeks to heal. Your face will be bandaged, and you’ll have to change the dressings several times a day. Antiviral medications may also be required to avoid illness.
Chemical peels are widely available because they are a popular skin treatment. However, only a board-certified dermatologist should perform a peel for scar treatment.
The purpose of laser resurfacing, like chemical peels and dermabrasion, is to remove the top layer of skin. Unlike acids and tools, laser resurfacing removes the skin with high-powered laser beams.
Erbium and carbon dioxide laser resurfacing are the two types. While erbium is the safest option for repairing scars on the face, carbon dioxide appears to be the most effective. You’ll need to keep the area bandaged until it heals entirely after you leave the doctor’s office.
Exploring plastic surgery
Another therapeutic option is plastic surgery. Unlike the other techniques, surgery is a more invasive operation in which scar tissue is surgically removed or reshaped using a scalpel. Your doctor may remove the scar or the epidermis or even reposition it to lessen its appearance, depending on your goals and the severity of the scar. This operation, unlike the others, may need you to consult a plastic surgeon rather than a dermatologist. Always seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon with a track record of success in treating facial scars.
Using Foundation To Cover Scars
Foundation is perfect for concealing tiny scars that don’t require a lot of coverage. The goal, like with concealer, is to ensure that your foundation is an excellent match for your skin tone.
Choosing a foundation with a formula that will give all-day coverage is critical. You may rest confident that your scar will be hidden during the day.
When concealing acne scars, a medium to full coverage foundation is ideal. A liquid foundation is good since it can soften the look of scars while also filling in the texture. A high-coverage foundation may dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. It conceals redness as well as an uneven surface. However, you should prepare your skin before applying foundation. Any indentations will be flattened out with the use of a primer.
Avoid foundations that are described as dewy, glowy, or radiant when concealing scars. Instead of hiding your scars, a foundation with a high amount of radiance will highlight them. Choose a matte foundation that will absorb light and lessen the look of your scar. They’re not going to draw any notice to the region.
Using Concealer To Cover Scars
A concealer is an excellent tool for concealing scars. Because of its intense pigmentation, it covers any discoloration and blends well with your natural skin tone.
Finding a concealer that matches your skin tone is even more critical when it comes to concealing scars. You must pick carefully because of the increased pigment in the scar. If you can’t locate your particular hue, buy a few and mix them to create the ideal match. Make sure
the area is clean before applying concealer. To ensure no surplus oil, apply a thin coating of powder to the scar. Depending on the scar you have, you may need to apply many layers. To avoid the region looking cakey, make sure the layers are thin. You may softly dab the layers on, pausing to let them set in between.
Tips for preventing and reducing the appearance of facial scars
Although you can’t always avoid injuries that result in scars, you can lessen the chances of a scar developing after an incident. If a scar does appear, it can be made less apparent with proper treatment.