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Scars are something that we all have to experience at some point. Whether you developed some as a result of chickenpox, or that time you burned your hand on the inside of the oven, unsightly scars are just a part of life.
However severe scarring can really affect confidence. Scarring on highly visible areas of the body such as face, chest and hands can be impossible to hide or minimize and for these people, finding the right removal method is their priority.
While most people opt for scar removal creams, laser treatments or even surgical removal, it seems a new, also very controversial method of removing scars has taken the world by storm. Doctors are concerned that this method, which relies on the use of the hubble rubber band to remove keloid scars, can cause more damage than good.
Keloid scars are one of the most common types of scars that there is. These scars tend to be large, bulbous lumps of tissue that forms when a wound heals. In this case, excess fibrous tissue is formed over the wound and a hard growth is formed.
Keloids are usually bigger than other scars and much more raised. They can appear very rapidly and are usually a pinkish colour. The texture of the skin on these scars is often smooth and they typically form on the chest, earlobes, shoulders and cheeks.
Unlike other scars, keloids don’t naturally regress over time. In fact, they can become more pronounced. They can be extremely noticeable and really impact a person’s self esteem in a very negative way. This is why so many people with keloids are keen to have them removed.
The most common cause of keloids is acne. However they can also be caused by:
Whether or not you’ll get a keloid depends very much on your own body. Susceptibility to keloids varies greatly from person to person, and even ethnicity to ethnicity. It’s believed that Africans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are much more prone to developing keloids than others.
In fact, there are reports of people developing keloids from things as simple as scraping their arms against a brick wall. Thankfully, the vast majority of people regardless of origin will not develop them this easily. But if we do, is removing them with a rubber band really a good solution?
The idea behind using rubber bands to remove keloids is a simple one; cut off the circulation to the scar and it will eventually fall off. This does work. One a rubber band has been tied very tightly around the scar, it will soon turn black. The skin begins to shrivel up, and after just a few days the scar falls straight off.
However, this is not a safe way to have scars removed, say doctors. Using this method to remove scars at home can lead to a whole host of problems. They advise that infections are very likely to occur and can even result in flesh eating bacteria. In the most extreme cases, this bacteria can be fatal.
For most of the people who chose to opt for this DIY method, extensive scarring is the most likely consequence they will experience. This could come in the form of a brand new keloid, especially for those who are already prone to them, say doctors.
So, while it seems that the method is certainly effective at removing keloids, it looks like it’d pretty great at causing new ones, and much worse, too. So overall, DIY rubber band for scar removal is not a good idea .
Thankfully, people with scars really don’t need to resort to such extremes to remove their scars. Because scars are such a common complaint among people, a great many scr removal methods have been clinically created, tested and approved. Here are some of the most common methods.
Laser scar removal involves using super soft pulses to remove fine layers of damaged skin without harming the healthy layers underneath. This UV lights also trigger a sudden burst of collagen production which produces younger, healthier looking skin.
Steroid injections can be used to flatten and fade unwanted scars. The steroids work particularly well on keloid scars and hypertrophic scars. The medication, once injected, breaks up the bonds fibres inside the skin.
Silicone sheets are a relatively new treatment method. They can be used to prevent scars from forming, and for minimizing existing scarring. They do this by increasing the temperature and hydration of the scar. This causes the scar to soften and fade. However, they must be used after the healing process of the wound in question is complete.
From acne scar removal to large scale keloid damage, there are a great many ways to treat rare to common types of scars, including the above and more. The range of plastic surgery and non-invasive treatments mean that people have more choice than every before, and finding the right treatment for them has never been easier.
This is why resorting to DIY methods, like this one, seems so unnecessary.The skin is a very delicate organ and should always be treated with care. Using rubber bands to remove keloids opens the skin up to unnecessary and unpredictable risk. It seems that this is definitely one internet fad to steer clear of!