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Can Tanning Get Rid of Scars?



Tanning does not get rid of scars.

More Info: Exposure to too much sun can cause a scar to permanently darken.

Methods That Work to Get Rid of Scars

Scar Removal Creams: Scar removal creams work to lessen the appearance of scars by reducing redness, swelling, and lightening the skin. The effectiveness of any cream is based on many factors including the active ingredients, the size and severity of the scar, and the location on the skin.

Scar Camouflage: In cases of hypopigmentation, a medical tattoo artist can camouflage the scar area with skin colored pigment. Hypopigmentation is an area of the skin that whitens due to loss of melanin and is caused by injury to the area such as a dog bite, burns, or plastic surgery scars.

Surgical Scar Revision: In the case of serious scarring, surgical scar revision removes the scar and rejoins the skin in a less obvious fashion. Though this procedure will not eliminate a scar, surgical scar revision can help to improve the size, color, or depth. Results vary depending on the location, size, and shape of the scar.

Dermabrasion: Some scars respond to dermabrasion, which is a treatment used to remove the uppermost layers of skin. It cannot eliminate scars, but in some cases it can greatly reduce their appearance.

Soft Tissue Fillers: Indented, soft scars can benefit from injectable fillers which work to elevate the area of the skin that is scarred. The results are not permanent and will require repeated efforts.

Tattooing Over Scars: If all else fails and you simply can’t live with your scar, it is possible to cover an unsightly scar with a tattoo given the right location. You will need to find a tattoo artist experienced in the procedure. You should avoid tattooing over keloid scars as the needle can actually exacerbate the scar tissue triggering further inflammation.



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