Coping With Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Scarring

Women undergoing treatment for cysts and breast cancer often need breast removal and breast reconstruction surgery. The scars left behind for these medical treatments may be long, wide, dark and prominent. While careful strategies in plastic surgery can minimize the scarring from a mastectomy and reconstruction, it is still visible. Scar treatment after the incision… Read more »

Understanding the Emotional Effects of Scars

Scars from a variety of sources can have long-term emotional effects in addition to the  physical discomfort and marring of the skin. These can be caused by memories of how the injury occurred or from unhappiness at the appearance of the scar. Studies in both South Africa and England show that the presence of scar… Read more »

HOW SMOKING AFFECTS WOUND HEALING

The list of harmful effects caused by smoking is long.  They include cancer, heart attack, stroke, emphysema, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, among others.  Smoking may well be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Many people don’t realize it, but smoking also causes wounds to heal more slowly.  Wounds… Read more »

Guide for Selecting the Proper size Tube of Scarfade

Among the most common questions we receive at Scarfade is one that goes something like this: “What size tube of Scarfade do I need to treat my scar?” In fact, we get this question so often we decided to create this handy chart to make it easier for our customers to choose the right size…. Read more »

Exercise and Proper Nutrition Aid the Wound Healing Process

One of the keys to minimizing scar formation is proper wound care.  The better we take care of our wounds, the faster and more effectively they will heal.  Conversely, if we fail to properly care for wounds they won’t heal as well and may even become infected.  When a wound becomes infected it will often… Read more »

The Gold Standard in Scar Treatment Ingredients

Estimates from the medical community suggest that perhaps some 100 million plus individuals throughout the world develop scars every year. Of course scars differ widely in their characteristics and severity, and thus their effects on individual patients. In some cases they pose no problems whatsoever, while in others their effects can be more troubling. These… Read more »

Six Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Scar Treatment Product:

An internet search for products that help improve the appearance of scars will produce enough results to leave your head spinning.  There is no shortage of creams, gels, lotions and sheets available.  One could literally spend days going through all the websites promoting products that claim to heal scars. How then does one wade through… Read more »

How to Use Topical Silicone Scar Treatment Gels

Topical Silicone Scar Treatments have grown tremendously in popularity in recent years.  An internet search on the topic will uncover enough results to leave your head spinning.  While not all of these products are created equally, there is sufficient scientific evidence to suggest that products with the right ingredients (namely silicone), if used as directed,… Read more »

Tips To Help Prevent Scars

Scars are the result of the body’s complex effort to repair damage to the skin.  With few exceptions, most trauma to the skin which causes bleeding will result in at least some scarring.  That said, there are certain things one can do to help lessen the size and intensity of most scars.  Following is a… Read more »