One of the most popular options when it comes to scar removal is prescription scar removal creams. These refer to specific medication that addresses the specific scar in reference to the skin and scar type. Since we recently talked about scars, we’ll delve into the topic of prescription scar removal creams today.
They are to be provided after a doctor has examined the wound and determined exactly which compound can be applied to treat the specific situation. An eminently qualified pharmacist undertakes the task of formulating the final mixture, in close cooperation with the prescribing doctor, and deliver the cream to the patient.
This is the general concept under which prescription scar removal creams are made. But this is only the first of the three components required for the medicine to work. There are two more important components. These are:
The prescribing doctor must deliver to the patient a specific set of instructions on how to apply the cream, such as the time of the day, the number of times per day, the quantity to use etc…
The patient must follow the directions to the letter.
Prescription scar removal creams work through the mixture of very specific active ingredients intended to address specific issues. The most usual ingredients are tretinoin, maderma, hydroquinone, flucticasone propionate, pentoxifylline, prilocaine or lidocaine, gabapentin, levocetririzine dihydrochoride, varapamil or nifedipine and silicone gel or sheets.
According to the statistics included in the relevant studies conducted and pertained to their effectiveness, the creams have a much higher rate of effectiveness than the rest of the commercially available, over-the-counter medical compounds.
Especially the silicone gels displayed an 86% success rate in reducing the texture of a scar, 84% in refining the skin color and 68% success in reducing the height of the scars. These results were obtained by applying the cream on the scar twice per day and rubbing in it for two to three minutes each time. The treatment begun five to ten days after the wound that created the scar was closed and the application lasted for a period of six months.
The corresponding success rates for the other ingredients range from 68 to 74% for the texture, 60 to 80% for the skin color, and 50 to 60% for the height. The success rate is always dependent upon the correctness of the initial diagnosis and the proper application of the cream by the patient. There can be no 100% success rate for some cases, as certain kinds of scars cannot be removed by any other means than surgical excision.
In reference to the other options for treatment, scar removal creams that are given this way, are a much better option than the generic over-the-counter ones, just as good as most of the other choices, and it is debatable if they are second only to the laser treatments which at this time hold the highest percentages of success. A definite advantage of these creams in reference to laser is that the cost is much lower.