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.
These large medical grade 6 implantable grade elastomer sheets are the best value for large scar (tummy tucks) management. Because ReJuveness silicone sheeting is reusable and washable, only one sheet is required for the recommended 6 to 12 week treatment period for these long and curved surgical incisions. Rejuvenes is much less expensive over the treatment period compared to silicone gel sheeting products recommending 4 to 6 silicone sheets or silicone creams where many tubes will be required.
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.