Burn can be very traumatic for the victims who suffer from them, both in a physical and an emotional sense. The scars left behind from burns can be a painful reminder of the event, dredging up memories every time you see it. For some victims, these scars can make it difficult to move on with their lives like before.
Burn can injure not only the skin, but if they go deep enough can injure muscles, tendons, nerves, and more. For serious burns, surgeries and skin grafts may be needed, which can lead to scarring. However, after all of the treatments that patients have to undergo to heal the burn itself, the idea of cosmetic surgery to repair the scarring may be overwhelming to think about.
However, for some patients surgery is not the only option. Some topical treatments can help soften the look of scars, increase their mobility, and even reduce pigmentation changes. This leaves burn victims with some options of treatments without having to go back under the knife.
The other advantage to a topical treatment is that it can be done from the comfort of the burn victim’s own home, without the need for further hospitalization or doctor office visits. By simply applying a topical product to the skin twice a day, some patients can see dramatic results without the need for lasers or surgery. Topical treatments help the skin to rejuvenate itself, though they do require that the patient use them for extended amounts of time in order to see optimal results.
If this sounds too good to be true, it is helpful to understand a little how topical treatments work to improve the look and feel of scars. To put it simply, the ingredients in the topical treatments are able to penetrate the skin cells. Once inside, they can help speed up the natural regeneration process so that the skin can more easily repair itself.
The way this works depends on the enzymes in the scar treatment. The enzymes help to stimulate the production of fibroblast, which is needed by the skin. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of the connective tissues in the skin that help to hold the individual cells together. When working with scars, these fibroblasts can help regenerate the imperfect tissue with healthier versions.
When you apply the topical scar treatment, the skin gets a hefty dose of the enzymes needed to make these repairs and stimulate new growth. However, this can take some time, because the skin has to regenerate and start to purge itself of the damaged cells that were once the scar.
Many topical treatments will also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can help keep the skin near a scar healthy so that the scar does not become any worse than it needs to be. Often they will also contain antibacterial agents to help ward off infection of the scar and surrounding skin. If bacteria are allowed to multiply, they can lead to infections that can make scarring worse.
If you have become the victim of a burn scar, but are not sure if surgery is the right answer for you, you might consider trying a topical treatment to achieve similar results.