Are you wondering what chicken pox scar removal options are available in the 21st century? Then you have come to the right place. This article will highlight the various treatment approaches available today including creams, laser and surgical revision. As for the cost of the various treatment options, you are as well sorted out.
Chicken Pox Scar Removal – How to Remove Chicken Pox Scars
Chicken pox scars are usually not a cause for concern since they fade away over time as to eventually become less noticeable. Unacceptable chicken pox scars may however leave you wanting to learn how to remove chicken pox scars. Among the most commonly used chicken pox scar removal options are:
Creams: Scar reduction creams are what come to mind first when talking about chicken pox scar removal. With so many over-the-counter scar creams today, you will easily be lost for choices. We have covered more about scar fading creams in a subsequent part of this article.
Dermabrasion: The American Academy of Dermatology suggests dermabrasion as one of the viable treatment approaches for permanent and severe chicken pox scars. This procedure entails using a special ablative tool (usually a wire brush) to resurface your skin (to remove the uppermost layers of the skin) to allow growth of new healthy skin.
Your skin will be bruised fro several days but once it has healed, the chicken pox scars will have improved significantly. Each dermabrasion session lasts about 20 minutes and several such sessions may be given over time to get optimum result.
Laser therapy: Laser treatment of scars is very popular nowadays. This entails using laser light to remove the upper layers of the skin as a way to stimulate the growth of new healthy skin.
Some newer forms of lasers (non-ablative varieties) that remove scars without removing the uppermost layers of the skin are however available. Talk to your GP or a dermatologist about the prospect of using laser to treat your specific kind of chicken pox scars.
Filler injection: depressed scars resulting from a bout of chicken pox can be improved by injecting them with suitable dermal filler. The only downside to this option is that it often gives temporary results and re-injections with the filler may be required later on to maintain healthy-looking skin.
Chemical peels: although chemical peels can also help to improve the appearance of chicken pox scars, Nelson L. Novick, MD, a Dermatologic Surgeon based in New York says that it is only effective for superficial chicken pox scarring.
Surgical scar revision: persistent and severe cases of chicken pox scarring are often removed using surgical revision. As the name suggests, this involves the use of surgical techniques to reduce the appearance of chicken pox scars.
The suitability of any chicken pox scar removal option depends on the size and depth of the scar tissue. Schedule a consultation with a dermatologist for appropriate insight.
Chicken Pox Scar Removal Cream
There are many scar creams on the market today but no two products are created equally. It is thus prudent to check some reviews from past users of a product before buying a certain brand of chicken pox scar removal cream.
One cream that you may want to research about is kelo-cote cream since the manufacturer claims it is suitable for chicken pox scar removal.
You will however want to consider staying away from the Revitol scar cream which despite having been around for along time has since lost the favor among health conscious consumers since it includes hydroquinone as one of the ingredients (as at the time of this writing).
Chicken Pox Scar Removal Cost
The cost varies depending on the type of treatment used and the number of sessions required to achieve optimum results. It is realistic however to expect to pay between $300 to $500 per laser treatment session, for a total of 3 or more sessions
As for scar revision surgery, the cost will vary depending on the surgical technique chosen and experience and location of the surgeon. The cost will encompass the facility fee, surgeon fee and anesthesia. Your best bet would be to talk to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist in your area.
How to Clear Chicken Pox Scars
Just the other day, a valued reader sent us an email in response to another article about scar treatments asking us to explain how to clear chicken pox scarring.
As we have already mentioned elsewhere, the options to remove chicken pox scars range from resurfacing treatments such as laser treatment, dermabrasion, and chemical peels, to surgical revision, filler injection and scar creams. And oh yeah, you can as well hide the scars using concealer makeup which are typically sold over the counter in most drugstores.
Chicken Pox Scar Removal Laser options
According to Nelson L. Novick, MD, a Dermatologic Surgeon based in New York, laser resurfacing are not so effective when used alone, with the exception of very superficial scarring.
Less severe cases of chicken pox scars can however benefit from one of two treatment options, namely, ablative laser and non-ablative laser treatment. The former entails removing the upper layer of the skin to stimulate the growth of new healthy skin. A god example of ablative laser device is erbium.
Non-ablative lasers on the other hand entail no damage to the uppermost layer of the skin. Instead it stimulates the production of collagen in the dermis layer. It however deserves a mention that non-ablative lasers are not appropriate for all cases of scarring. Your surgeon will determine its efficacy based on your specific case.
Chicken Pox Scar Removal Surgery options
Among the most commonly used approaches to surgical scar removal are:
- Punch excision: The scar is punched out using a special tool and the resulting wound stitched using fine sutures which are then removed in just a few days to avoid stitch scars.
- Punch grafting: The scar is also punched out and the hole left behind filled with a graft of skin from a healthy area of the skin, usually from behind the ear.
- Punch elevation: The scar is punched out but instead of removing it all the way, it is elevated to the level of the skin or slightly above it.
Deep Chicken Pox Scar Removal
What about deep chicken pox scars, you ask. Well, creams, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion may not be effective for removal of deeply set chicken pox scars.
Your safest bet would be medical microneedling, filler injection, subcision, or surgical scar revision, all of which are performed at a dermatologist or surgeon’s office or clinic.
Natural Chicken Pox Scar Removal Tips
Here are several natural chicken scar removal tips that can help to improve your scars
- Apply some aloe vera gel from a fresh aloe vera plant onto the scar 2 to 3 times a day
- Dab some honey onto the scar. This can make the scars less noticeable in as low as 3 days according to Ayurvedic Medicines
Dab some lemon balm cream onto the scar 2 to 3 times daily after washing the face.