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Caring for a wound properly after an accident occurs is the best recourse to reducing scar tissue formation. Once scar tissue forms, there are fewer options to improve the appearance of mature scar tissue. With time the scar will naturally lessen in appearance, and cosmetic surgical procedures can improve the look of the scar, but there is no way to completely remove the scarring. Silicone patches or gels and massage are some natural remedies for mature scar reduction, but they are not guaranteed to ensure effectiveness with every type of scar.
Cover most wounds with an adhesive bandage or gauze and adhesive tape. Cover large wounds with a moist bandage, called an occlusive or semi-occlusive bandage; consult with your physician to determine if your wound is severe enough to require a moist bandage.
Change the bandage every day to keep the skin clean.
Wash off any dirt or scabs that form around the wound or stitches when you are changing the bandage.
Apply a silicone gel or sheet -- available at drugstores -- to mature scars to fade and flatten them. Keep the silicone on the wound for 12 to 24 hours a day and for several months, or until you notice a reduction in the appearance of the scar.
Massage the scar tissue in a circular motion. Dr. Daniel Kapp of MDLiveCare claims that massaging the scar is effective in reducing the appearance. The massage helps to distribute the collagen fibers under the skin. It's possible to perform the massaging at home, but it's best to discuss how to properly massage the tissue with a physician supportive of scar massage.
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