Piercing/tattoo removal scar management
People prone to problem scarring are advised to not get tattoos or piercings, but sometimes a person doesn’t find out how badly they scar until it’s too late. Raised, discolored scars can distort a tattoo or piercing site, even if the person applying the needle did everything correctly. Certain people are genetically prone to problem scarring, particularly those of Asian, Latino or African-American descent.
The ReJuveness approach to tattoo and piercing scar management centers on the application of silicone sheeting, often in conjunction with the topical application of skin-identical lipids, and in some cases, derma needling to speed the remodeling process. Scientific research into scar management indicates that topical application of silicone – such as ReJuveness® Original Silicone Sheeting – is the most effective scar management treatment for the widest number of patients.
In the early weeks of healing, itchiness and redness are normal. After a few weeks, however, these signs may indicate that a scar is developing. The scarring may become more noticeable over time, especially if the scar site becomes:
- hyperpigmented – darkened.
- hypopigmented – bleached out.
- atrophic – sunken because of the loss of fat or muscle around the incision.
- hypertrophic – slightly raised in a way that may regress over time.
- keloidal – tough, irregular and heaped-up, usually with a smooth top and a pink or purple color, and a tendency to enlarge progressively.
Silicone sheeting has been widely used for scar treatment by hospitals and trauma centers for more than twenty years and is the favored scar treatment among plastic surgeons.
ReJuveness® Original Silicone Sheeting is the safest, highest-quality silicone sheeting on the market, developed in the USA with expert technical supervision. Neither a gel nor a liquid, medical-grade ReJuveness® Original Silicone Sheeting relieves the burning and itching that often accompanies scarring disorders. Each sheet is reusable and can be used alone or with ReJuveness Hyper-Heal Cream.
ReJuveness Hyper-Heal Cream transdermally delivers skin identical lipids such as ceramides into the skin, reestablishing a healthy stratum corneum, promoting healing and more aesthetic results. Derma needling may also prove effective as a means of preventing scarring, increasing the absorption of lipids into the stratum corneum of keloid and hypertrophic scars and evening skin tone around discolored scars.
ReJuveness® Small Silicone Scar Disks are ideal for targeted scar managment for piercing sites, providing a prophylaxis template for even healing. Made of implantable-grade silicone elastomer, they do not contain soft silicone gels, creams or liquids known to cause inflammatory nodules. They are held in place with latex-free cotton-backed hypoallergenic tape.
How ReJuveness tattoo and piercing scar management works
There is evidence that the most successful silicone-based treatment of problem scarring is achieved when the scar is immature and the overlying epithelium is intact. ReJuveness® Silicone Sheeting, alone or in combination with ReJuveness Hyper-Heal Cream, is highly effective at preventing scars. If it is too late for preventive scar management and problem scars have already formed, ReJuveness can be used to flatten mature scar tissue and restore normal skin tone.
Why silicone sheeting is effective in managing scars is still being studied. Theories that there is a single mechanism – occlusion, hydration, static electricity or pressure – that causes the scar improvement have proven inadequate. The more convincing theories examine the re-creation of the womb-like barrier silicone creates to replicate the kind of scarless healing observed as gestating babies recover from prenatal surgery.
According to a 2015 publication in the journal Advances in Wound Care, the effectiveness of silicone sheeting in preventing, managing and reducing problem scars is “largely undisputed.”
Researchers theorize that silicone replicates the occlusive, or barrier properties of the uppermost layer of skin, known as the stratum corneum. As the stratum corneum regenerates after a wound, it is less effective at protecting the deeper layers of the epidermis from drying out. This dehydration signals to cells in the epidermis to synthesize and release collagen. When the body produces too much collagen, the result is a raised, discolored scar.
The most dramatic manifestation of this process are keloid scars, tough, irregular raised scars, usually with a smooth top and a pink or purple color. They tend to enlarge progressively and have a genetic component. Keloids are technically scars that have evolved into unhealed lesions, continually remodeling.
The ReJuveness research team has discovered that silicones are uniquely biologically interactive with these growing lesions. Each ReJuveness product provides raw materials, affects signal transduction, activates healing cascades, provides mechanical forces or creates intracellular environments to help prevent keloids from forming.