Scar Formation – Scars and keloids (raised fibrous scar tissue) form as a natural part of the healing process when a skin wound repairs. The greater the degree of skin damage (wider, deeper, more skin area), the longer it takes for a scar to heal, and the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. A scar may appear red and thick at first, and then gradually fade. A scar forms as a function of a person’s age and the location of the scar. Younger skin generally repairs vigorously and tends to heal excessively. This results in scars that are larger and thicker than those on older, thinner skin. Scars consist primarily of collagen, the most common tissue in the body. Keloid scars are caused by excessive buildup of collagen, which can cause discomfort, as well as itching and dryness.
Scar Management – The early and regular use of natural essential oils reduces the size and awareness of a scar, and improves its color and elasticity. However, the direct topical application of ultrasound to a forming scar or to a mature scar, in addition to the essential oils, further reduces the amount and appearance of scar tissue. The mild heating and the ultra-vibration effects of ultrasound appear to enhance the effects of the essential oil formulations alone.
Dermabrasion – Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure used to improve or minimize the appearance of older scars, to restore skin function and to correct disfigurement resulting from an injury. Dermabrasion is used to smooth scar tissue by removing the top layers of skin. Although dermabrasion may smooth the surface of an older scar, it will not completely or permanently remove a scar. The underlying scar is permanent, but its appearance can be improved over time by the regular use of natural botanical essential oils, either alone or as an integral part of the dermabrasion procedure.
Scar Repair – New scars are red and swollen following surgery, but they should begin to recede in two to three weeks. Some itching, tingling or burning may be experienced after surgery as new skin tissue forms. The benefits of using essential oils on healing wounds include softening and flattening the emerging scar, normalizing its color and texture, maintaining the moisture balance and elasticity of the scar, and providing relief from itching or other irritations in the scar area. The addition of ultrasound to the essential oil applications should enhance the healing and recovery processes.
Essential Oil Use – Essential oils may be applied topically to the surface of a healing wound and to a newly forming scar as soon as the wound is sealed. Do not apply essential oils to wounds that are open or to burns that are weeping. An improvement in a scar may be seen in perhaps three to six weeks of essential oil use, and the application of an effective essential oil product may be required for three to five months. Older scars may require a year or more of essential oil use before favorable results are observed.
Essential Oils and Ultrasound – The objectives of the use of essential oil formulations and ultrasound on emerging scars is to mitigate their formation, improve their color and reduce their awareness. Thoughtful essential oil formulations are superb tissue hydrators that rapidly penetrate healing skin to restore moisture balance. Ultrasound enhances the effects of the essential oil formulations and also fosters new collagen formation within skin cells. The twice daily use of an essential oil formulation, coupled with ultrasound, reduces scar tissue formation and can also prevent and fade stretch marks, assist in the rapid recovery from dermabrasion, and lessen wrinkles and age spots.
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