What if I have older scars?
Of course, the younger the scar, the easier it is to treat, but even a young scar may not fully disappear, although it can definitely become barely visible. Hypertrophic scars (thickened, wide, often raised) usually appear several weeks after wounding and may fade on their own to some extent but keloid scars (smooth, hard and outside the boundaries of the wound) appear later on and might grow indefinitely . These two types of scars are the results of an abnormal response during healing . Contracture scars also develop over time especially when the injury, typically a burn, occurred on or close to a joint .
The same treatments are used for young and old scars but it is likely that the longer you wait before treating your scar, the more effort and time will be needed in order to obtain visible results, as already described in one instance .
Some of the available solutions are invasive, and only accessible to you through a dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon, however there are many easily available over-the-counter products that can help. These include, but are not limited to aloe vera, green tea or onion extract such as Mederma® scar treatments. With its unique triple action formula, the Mederma® scar treatment range has a solid reputation among users [11–13] and Mederma® has been the No. 1 brand of scar reduction treatments since 2002 and is still the most recommended by pediatricians, doctors, pharmacists, and dermatologists according to a 2020 survey*.
Treating an old scar does not differ much from treating a new scar. The notable difference will be the duration of treatment. The recommended treatment period with any of the Mederma® scar treatment products can be up to 6 months, or 8 weeks for new scars. During application, don’t hesitate to massage your scar as you would do for a new one. Older scars may feel stiffer, so massaging them can relieve some of the tension and help them restore suppleness .
The expected duration of treatment is definitely something you should keep in mind and it is therefore very important that you choose the one that suits your lifestyle best so that the treatment does not feel too burdensome. The Mederma® scar range is great in this regard because it includes several products, each of which has its own specific characteristics (with SPF 30, for kids, for overnight use, etc.)
Scar treatment in general can be a long process, even more so for older scars. Patience and perseverance are key, but it is likely that the look and feel of your scars will improve along the way.