Scar Reduction Pads, do they work?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Hi, i was wondering if anyone has ever used and scar reduction pads, which are usually silicon i think, or any alternatives, as i have 2 small round scars (about 5cm in diameter), due to mole removasl on my chest which are quite a bit redder than the rest of my chest and now i get really embarressed when i take my top off.

Does anything work?
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  • skintchickskintchick Forumite
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    I believe those pads do work if you have red, raised, scarring that's quite new. They won't work on old scars apparently. But I have no personal experience of them.
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    i got it in june
  • please bear in mind that scars fade in time anyway - i have a lot on my leg and they really dont show that much anymore. do you mean 5cm as thats quite large for mole removal?

    as for being embarrassed to take off your top - dont ever be ashamed just go for it. you have had the sense to deal with potentially problematic moles and more people should do this and be proud.
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    Four months is a while, but I'd say give them a go, because of they don;t work oyu've not lost much, and of they do you'll feel more confident.

    I know what plotholder is saying, but sadly sometimes we don;t feel confident and people telling us not to feel ashamed doesn;t help.

    I have a big birthmark all over my hand and arm, and I get embarrassed about that sometimes - sadly, I can;t cover it up and laser treatment has made it look even worse :( so I know whereof I speak.
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  • skintchick wrote:
    Four months is a while, but I'd say give them a go, because of they don;t work oyu've not lost much, and of they do you'll feel more confident.

    I know what plotholder is saying, but sadly sometimes we don;t feel confident and people telling us not to feel ashamed doesn;t help.

    I have a big birthmark all over my hand and arm, and I get embarrassed about that sometimes - sadly, I can;t cover it up and laser treatment has made it look even worse :( so I know whereof I speak.

    dont get me wrong skint chick my confidence took years of wearing long skirts etc, then after i went out in a shorter one (that showed my knee - no kneecap now so an odd shape too) a bloke on the bus told me it was disgusting and i should cover it up - i yelled at him on the crowded bus and got a round of applause from the other passengers.

    i was just so angry i couldn't help myself but it really boosted my confidence now no-one even stares and certainly never comments. I think i was just too sensitive and really people dont only see the things about us that are defective - they see the real person instead.

    good luck with this and i hope you can find a way to come to terms with this - it can be done
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    Ah. Well, I get stares. And comments, although I prefer comments. Poeple who just stare and look away quickly when they realised you've seen them are the worst.

    Weirdly, I now work with someone else who has a birthmark all over their hand too (although the right one, not left like me)! We call ourselves the Red Hand Gang!!
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    I tried the Elastoplast Scar Reduction Plasters on a large scar that was about a year/year and a half old. In just 6 weeks they'd faded it from purple to creamy white, and it's so less noticable now!
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  • Do you think these pads would work on acne scarring? I have some scarring on my chin from where I picked at spots when I was younger.

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  • I have a friend who used bio-oil on an old scar, it faded quite a bit.

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    Maybe worth a try if the patches don't work?
  • barginboyrob,

    Silcone sheets for scar reduction do work. However the results you get will be directly proportional to how regimented you are in applying the sheets.

    The 'gold standard' is a product called Cica Care (https://www.cicacare.com)

    The Elastoplast and Boots stuff is based on the same principle but are not worth bothering with. Cica care is very expensive (about £40 a sheet) but can be cut, washed and re-used. They will be especially useful to you as they can speed up the process of a scar fading.

    Another product is Dermatix (https://www.dermatix.co.uk) which is the same silcone covering principle but is an easy to apply gel and so, by definition, is inferior to a sheet of the material.

    Both Cica Care and Dermatix are available on the NHS should the powers that be consider it likely that you will benefit from their use.

    If you go for Cica Care try to use it 24/7 or as much as possible and stick with it.

    All the best.
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