How to Reduce or Eliminate Wart Scars
Waiting for a breakout of warts to completely heal can be very frustrating. It gets even worse when the warts leave behind embarrassing and ugly scars. You don’t have to live with these painful reminders of your breakout though. There are treatments, ointments and patches that can help to get rid of them. Some treatments reduce the appearance of the scars in just a couple weeks. Read below to learn how to apply these treatments and how long it should take to see an improvement in your skin.
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I Have Genital Wart Scars
If you have genital wart scars, you’re not alone. It is very common to develop flat white scars on your genital area following wart removal treatments. Electrosurgery and curettage are the most likely treatment methods that result in genital scars. These scars are also very likely if a home treatment is improperly applied.
While they tend to fade over time, it can take years for them to go away on their own. In the meantime, we are left with the reminder of the unpleasant experience, especially if it caused the warts to bleed. In fact, if your warts bleed during treatment, you are much more likely to develop a scar. Do warts bleed always? No. You can read here to learn more about what causes warts to bleed and how to prevent the problem as much as possible.
How To Get Rid Of Wart Scars
There are several different medical treatments available to remove or reduce wart scars, but some of them are a little bit painful.
These methods include:
- Surgical Scar Revision,
- Skin Grafting.
Since it’s not considered medically necessary to remove the scars, most of these treatments are not covered by health insurance. These methods can also be quite expensive, causing pain to your wallet as well as your sensitive skin, so it might be a good idea to try a much more gentle treatment to start. You don’t want to add to the pain, especially if your warts were painful in the first place. Do warts hurt more in some areas that others? Read here to find out.
Your doctor will probably tell you that surgical scar revision is the last option you should consider trying. This is because it runs the risk of replacing one small scar with another larger one. If you do chose to have scar removal surgery, make sure that you research the doctor extremely well and that they are very experienced in this particular method of scar removal on sensitive areas.
Wart scars usually look much stronger after the wart has fully fallen off. As your skin begins to heal, you may notice that the scar flattens over time and begins to fade around the edges. That’s why it’s probably best to wait for a while and see if the scar is going to clear up with over the counter treatments before starting more extreme medical treatments to remove the scar.
If it has not fully healed within about 16 weeks, then you probably are dealing with a more permanent mark that will need help from a doctor to fully heal. In the mean time, you can try some of the methods listed in this article to speed up healing time.
I Need To Remove
It can be very embarrassing to deal with scars from your infection on your genitals. If you are sexually active, these scars can make you feel very self conscious about the appearance of your genitals. But it’s best to be patient and take your time to heal because your skin is very sensitive there and prone to infection if treated roughly. If you are very careful and patient while applying the treatments, you will definitely see improvement over time.
Do remember that you are not the only person dealing with this problem. Genital warts are very common and often result in scarring because the skin of the genitals is so thin. Your partner is more likely to be understanding of the condition if you are honest about the cause and treatment.
Scar Removal Patches
Scar removal patches are usually made out of silicone and are applied directly to the surface of the skin. They work by keeping you skin hydrated around the scar area. This reduces the supply of blood and collagen to the wound. This makes the scar flatter, and paler so it more closely matches the color of your surrounding skin.
They come in various sizes and are usually trimmed down to the size of the scar. They should be cut to cover the scar and roughly 1/4 inch of the surrounding skin. They are then held on with medical tape or are self adhesive. It’s important to use extremely gentle medical tape if they are not self adhesive because of the sensitive skin that it will be touching. If you use the wrong type of tape or something that is overly adhesive, you can cause an entirely new scar from damaging you skin with the medical tape.
Most of these silicone patches are reusable, so you can keep applying the same patch on your skin until the scar is completely gone. These patches can cost between $5 for a small patch to $40 for a large reusable patch. Considering the size of most wart scars is fairly small, it should be one of the less expensive at home treatment options.
There are several advantages of scar patches:
- They help flatten or prevent keloid scars.
- They have very few side effects (although occasionally they cause a rash at the application site. If this occurs, stop using the patch and talk to your doctor immediately.)
- They are considered so effective that hospitals and burn treatment centers use them to assist in healing of severe injuries.
Sometimes the scar patches are combined with other therapies such as gels or creams to speed the fading. You’ll learn more about those in the next two sections.
Topical ointments can contain silicone, or a combination of herbs and vitamins that are known to help skin heal. Some scar ointments also contain mild exfoliates as well, but these are definitely not recommended for the genital area.
Dermefface is a fairly great scar cream that contains several herbs and vitamins including:
- vitamin B5,
- veravin extract,
- niacinamide, and
It works very well on small flat scars that have a hyperpigmented appearance.
Mederma is a much simpler formula that only contains onion extract and allantoin, but it also contains sorbic acid, so it should be avoided for treatment of genital wart scars. This is why it’s very important to read the ingredients and recommended uses before applying a scar cream to your genital area.
Xeragel is a 100% silicone gel that works much the same way that silicone patches work. It’s extremely safe and non-irritating, so it may be the best option for treating scars on the genital area. It is so safe that it can be used immediately after the warts fall off. To learn more about the process of a wart falling off, check out this article.
Again, it’s extremely important to stress the importance of knowing the ingredients on any scar removal cream or ointment. This is because if they contain hyaluronic acid or other irritants, they can cause severe damage and irritation to your genital areas. If the cream does not list all of the ingredients, then absolutely do not use it. It’s better to be safe than sorry with such a delicate area.
Surprisingly, some moisturizers make very good scar treatments as well. They improve scars in exactly the way that silicone patches and gels work by increasing and locking in moisture around the scar.
Aquaphor is often used for this purpose, especially since it is so gentle on sensitive skin. It only contains mineral oil/petrolatum hydrophilic and white petrolatum. It is applied directly to the scar a few times a day until the scar is fully reduced. It has the added benefit of moisturizing and softening the skin as well, so it will improve your skin’s overall appearance.
All of the treatments mentioned above take several weeks to show lasting results. Most will notice a significant improvement after about 8 weeks and a very strong improvement after 12 to 14 weeks. A scar will never completely go away once it has formed, but it can be reduced so that it’s nearly invisible.
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