Most people have a minor scar somewhere that can be covered up with makeup or clothing. Those are barely visible and have no affect on opportunities, such as career advancement, public speaking, or making presentations. Large, raised, or red scars that are visible make people uncomfortable. It makes no real sense, but it is human nature.
There are companies that advance people based on intelligence and merit regardless of appearance, but they are few and far between. Business success requires marketing strategies and appealing to the general public. An executive with unsightly scars is not the best person to represent the company.
Those with highly visible scars often struggle with diminishing the appearance of those scars. The type of scar can contribute to the appearance. The most obvious scars are known as keloid scars. Abnormal scarring becomes raised and exceeds the boundaries of the original wound or incision.
The cause is an overgrowth of granulated tissue at the site. This is slowly replaced by collagen to form shiny nodules or rubbery lesions. Some have a pink, red, or brown color making them stand out even more. Hypertrophic scars are similar in appearance, but do not exceed injury boundaries.
What to Do?
While there is no product or procedure that can completely remove keloid scars, but some high-quality creams have been designed to drastically reduce the appearance of severe scars. Ingredients, such as antioxidants, moisturizers, and other active compounds, can force scarred cells to the surface of the skin. Those cells are replaced with healthy cells that will fade the scar and improve the overall appearance of the area.
Silicone sheets and pressure treatments are available to flatten the scars. Inflammation can be reduced significantly with the use of steroid injections. Collagen can also be injected to increase the production of healthy skin cells.
Laser surgery and skin grafts can be effective as well. Grafts are primarily used on burn victims, but will also cover keloid and hypertrophic scars. In severe cases where movement or mobility is affected, insurance companies may agree to help with costs. Instead of letting scars get in the way of a full life filled with possibilities, consult with a physician for solutions.