I used to self-harm on various parts of my body but I don’t anymore. Most of the scars have gone away but I still have some on my thighs and I am very self-conscious about them. How can I get rid of my scars?
According to physician Karen Rosewater, M.D., there are generally two types of scars–flat pigmented (darkened or reddened) ones and raised ones–and both types can respond to treatment. Healing time depends on the age and severity of the scars.
You might first want to try an over-the-counter treatment from your local drug store. Scar cream or gel can usually be found in the aisle where antibiotic skin ointments or other first-aid supplies are kept. These will need to be rubbed on the scar a few times a day. It can take several weeks or even months to notice an improvement, so be patient. Raised scars pose even more of a time challenge. Over-the-counter silicone bandages, which usually can be found in the same aisle, may also help.
For stubborn scars, see a dermatologist. He or she can discuss the latest advances in scar treatment with you (surgical, laser, and cosmetic) and help you decide which course to take.
Keep in mind that your scars may not completely disappear. These treatments have come a long way, so there is hope that they can be made less noticeable.