SCAR TREATMENT TIPS FROM SCARCARE®
We would like to congratulate you and thank you for trusting our products in an area that is as important as the treatment of your scars. Scarcare® was developed by an international team of scientists and physicians, and pursues one goal: the invisible scar.
In order to achieve this goal together with you, it is important that you apply the products as described in these scar treatment tips.
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SCAR TREATMENT WITH SCARCARE®
As soon the wound has healed and dried up and your stitches – if applicable – have been removed, the scar treatment should commence. This is generally the case three weeks after surgery or injury. Scar treatment with Scarcare® is based on active and passive treatment.
The active treatment takes place in the morning (after showering, for example). Once dabbed dry, the scar is evenly coated with Scarcare® scar cream. One pump from the dispenser is enough for a scar of up to 10 cm in length. Care should be taken to ensure that the thin film extends approx. 1–2 cm beyond the scar the whole way around. The scar cream should now be massaged in with firm, circular motions. It is possible that this massage will cause the scar to become red, which is a positive sign as this means circulation to the area has been increased.
After this, passive treatment begins. As soon as the Scarcare® scar cream has been absorbed, the Scarcare® Intensive Patch is applied. The contents of the patch deliver the treatment during the passive phase.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: APPLICATION OF THE INTENSIVE PATCH BY SCARCARE®
Cut the Scarcare® Intensive Patch to suit the length and width of your scar. Ensure that the patch extends approx. 1 cm beyond the scar tissue on all sides. This creates an occlusive (air-tight) situation, which is part of the effect of the Scarcare® Intensive Patch. In certain areas of the body, additional fixation by means of a simple plaster may be helpful.
The Scarcare® Intensive Patch (see diagram) is now worn all day long.
Depending on the length of your scar, the Scarcare® Intensive Patch (10 × 6 cm) is generally suitable for several treatment cycles, as it can be cut into several "strips", with each strip able to be used on a continual basis for around four weeks.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: DAILY ROUTINE WITH SCARECARE®
As a rule, the Scarcare® Intensive Patch should be worn continually and only removed during the application of the Scarcare® scar cream. This is the time at which the patch can be carefully cleaned (e.g. with liquid soap and a soft cloth; rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water). This results in the following treatment pattern, distributed throughout the day:
If this pattern is adhered to, then the passive patch phases are only interrupted by the phases for the active treatment with Scarcare® scar cream.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: OPTIMAL APPLICATION OF THE SCAR CREAM BY SCARCARE®
Mornings are often hectic: A quick shower, a coffee without even sitting down, and then rush off to work. There is simply no time for scar treatment. However: If you could somehow fit it in, you should massage the Scarcare® scar cream into your scar with firm, circular motions and then apply the Scarcare® Intensive Patch. The following diagram clarifies the correct massage motion: Optimal scar massage should be performed using the afore-mentioned technique, for 3–4 minutes. The scar may appear red following a massage, and in some cases may be painful. This is not unusual, as an increased flow of blood to the scar tissue is a desired side-effect of the scar massage. The more frequently scar massage is performed throughout the day, the softer and more smoothly the scar tissue will develop.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: OPTIMAL APPLICATION OF THE SCAR PEN BY SCARCARE®
If wearing the patch throughout the day irritates you (e.g. in areas such as the face, neck or hands), you may want to give the scar pen a try. The scar pen acts like an invisible patch.
Carry the scar pen with you throughout the day. If you ever have a moment's peace, apply a thin film to the scar and the surrounding skin. The advantage: the products contain the patented active ingredient Spiralin®, Emu oil and integrated sun protection (the pen even offers factor 30 sun protection), meaning that your scar receives continual treatment throughout the entire day.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: SCARCARE® AND SPORT
You can of course continue to play sport as usual during the scar treatment phase – depending on the extent to which this is permitted following the respective surgery.
However, a few things should be noted to avoid having a negative impact on the healing of the scar. First of all, stretching the skin will result in a wide scar. Attempt to keep the area that has undergone surgery as still as possible and avoid stretching the skin in the area of the scar.
Secondly, the Scarcare® Intensive Patch should not be worn while playing sport, but rather only after showering and re-applying the Scarcare® scar cream.
Thirdly, you should ensure that you are well protected from the sun during sport (protection against UV radiation). This is because UV radiation results in the formation of pigmentation in the scar tissue. As a rule the scar is much darker than the surrounding skin. And this skin tone stays put! The scar tissue regenerates more slowly than normal skin, and retains pigmentation more readily. As such, sun protection is the alpha and omega when it comes to the invisible scar!
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: UV PROTECTION IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA WHEN IT COMES TO THE INVISIBLE SCAR.
UV protection is essential for a skin-coloured and therefore discreet scar. Our Scarcare® products already feature integrated sun protection. However, in the early phases, you should apply a paper plaster over the scare as soon as stitches have been removed and then for eight weeks, if you wish to play sports outdoors or if the scar is exposed to UV rays on a more regular basis.
For such situations you should order the Scarcare® scar pen and our skin-coloured Scarcare® Intensive Patch. This way you can be sure that you have considered every eventuality.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: SCAR TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN
Scarcare® products are also suitable for scar treatment in children. Here it has been proven that the use of the plaster is not accepted by our much younger customers so readily. Plasters irritate when playing or carrying on. Plasters are lost. For parents, there is a good alternative: the repeated use of the Scarcare® scar pen. This can be applied without causing pain and while "on the go", and ensures competent scar treatment and sufficient UV protection.
You can order the Scarcare® scar pen individually in order to treat your child's scar. This way you always have it to hand and are well equipped to look after your little one's scars.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
The duration of scar treatment is a very personal thing. Depending on skin type, some scares have already healed very discretely after 6-8 weeks, as such that simple UV protection using a sun screen with a high sun protection factor is sufficient.
However, when to begin scar treatment can be very clearly specified. As soon as the stitches have been removed, the scar treatment begins. The scar is now closed and the healing of the deeper layers and the surrounding tissue is the priority. The skin returns to normal. Now it is a matter of getting the best out of it. The next eight weeks are crucial. If everything develops according to plan, the scar can be practically invisible for the rest of your life.
SCAR TREATMENT TIP: FOR THE INVISIBLE SCAR
The most important period of time for Scarcare® scar treatment is the first 8-12 weeks after stitches have been removed. The wound generally requires the first 1–3 weeks after surgery to heal and dry up. Scar treatment begins as soon as the stitches have been removed.
The following ten weeks are key to achieving the goal of an invisible scar. During this phase the Scarcare® scar treatment should be applied with a high level of discipline. This means:
- Massaging in the scar cream at least twice a day
- Ensuring the scar is constantly treated with our formula
- Coating the scar 24 hours a day with the Intensive Patch or scar pen
- Preventing UV radiation from reaching the scar
- Keeping the scar still, to avoid stretching
In the care instructions provided you will find a detailed description of the optimal scar treatment.