Using Tape to Accelerate Scar Healing
Kinesiology tape has been used for years to help athletes recover from injuries. While you might have used kinesiology tape for support, you might not have considered using it post-surgery to help your body heal. But did you know that the same materials are used to not only speed up the healing process, but also to help treat your scar? This is because it can cut down on a lot of the swelling and inflammation that you might otherwise experience. Used during your recovery, kinesiology tape can help stabilize your muscles, help reduce swelling, and accelerate your body's healing process. This is because it can cut down on a lot of the swelling and inflammation that you might otherwise experience.
How Scarring Occurs
The healing process of a cut is a complex series of events that usually takes place in three steps: the inflammatory phase, the proliferative phase, and the maturation phase. The inflammatory phase is the first step. This is when the body reacts to the injury by creating a blood clot and releasing chemicals to prevent infection. The proliferative phase follows next, and this is when blood vessel growth begins, and cells begin to migrate to the damaged area, forming scar tissue to help seal over the wound. The third step, maturation, is the longest, and occurs weeks after the injury. In the maturation phase, the damaged tissues are replaced by new, stronger ones.
A scar is the tissue that forms when the skin has been injured. A deeper wound (such as a laceration or a puncture) may involve more extensive injury to tissue below the skin, such as muscles, tendons, and bone. As the body begins to heal the injury, the injured skin is destroyed. The body sends blood vessels to the wound and begins the process of rebuilding collagen protein and new skin cells. As the new skin begins to form, it can appear red, raised, or thickened. Capillaries (tiny blood vessels) may remain beneath the surface of the new skin.
In most cases, scars form in the skin as the body heals from an injury or an operation. Scars are common after surgery, and some people may even have scars from wounds or cuts that happened long ago. Scars can be minimal or as big as a large gash.
Different Types of Scars
After an injury, your body can create many different scars. The most common types are hypertrophic and keloid scars. A hypertrophic scar is a thickened, raised, and red scar that can form after an injury and is usually produced by the process of wound healing. A keloid scar, on the other hand, is a scar that forms over a wider area than that of the original wound and may grow and cause problems. Both types of scars are raised, firm, and usually red.
Many people suffering from hypertrophic or keloid scars may think that the two are the same, but they are actually very different conditions. A hypertrophic scar is created when a normal wound heals without proper collagen production. As a result, the scar usually becomes lumpy and thick. A keloid scar is much less common and is created when the body over-produces collagen. This can cause the scar to grow past the original boundaries of the wound, and possibly continue growing until the body runs out of collagen production.
The most common cause of keloid scars is a surgical procedure, however, they can also appear as a result of trauma or insect bites. Although the condition is painful and unsightly, it is relatively harmless. Scar treatments are available to help promote healing and reduce the scar's visibility.
How to Heal Scar Tissue
The healing of scars is an important part of minimizing the appearance of scars. Some scars heal fine on their own, but most will require some treatment, and for some, it may require multiple treatments. The quality of your scar will depend on the type of treatment you use. The main treatment methods include creams, gels, silicone patches, tape, and surgery. To minimize scarring, always begin treatment as soon as possible after the skin injury occurs.
Instead of surgically removing a scar, doctors now aim to treat the problem with lasers and fillers. Laser treatments can sometimes burn the skin surrounding a scar, which can make the scar appear darker and wider. Fillers are similar to those injected in the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They not only fill the scar but also stimulate collagen production to improve scar appearance.
For those wanting to avoid surgery, there are many other, less invasive options for treating scars that are both less painful and effective. For many people, these options are more than adequate; for others, the problem is more serious, and surgical treatment is required. For example, keloids might best be treated by a doctor, so if you are struggling with these disfiguring scars, make an appointment with your local dermatologist.
How Tape Works to Heal
When you have a nasty scar, it can be tempting to just cover it up with a bandage. While this can help you avoid unwanted attention, it's not going to help you get rid of that scar. Instead, you should opt for proper scar tape. Scar tape is a great way to help injuries and wounds heal. It protects the wound, prevents scarring, and reduces pain. The tape works by applying compression on your scar to reduce blood flow and inflammation. The process also makes the scar less noticeable.
In addition to producing regular kinesiology tape, SpiderTech also manufactures myScarTape. myScarTape is a pressure-sensitive adhesive tape designed to help minimize the appearance of the scars left behind after surgery, and it works by applying continuous pressure and tension relief to the scar.
As scar surgery can be expensive, myScarTape provides a simple and cost-effective alternative. The tape comes in various skin tones, and make-up can be applied on top to blend the tape in more with your skin. The product is suitable for keloids, raised scars, and even irritated/damaged skin.