When a basal cell skin carcinoma (BCC) is removed the wound will leave a scar. Optimal treatment of both the wound and scar will reduce the risk on leaving a prominent scar.
This post is about the different types of basal cell carcinoma scar removal options that are available over the counter.
BCC generally occurs on body parts that are exposed to the sun. Since the scars left from the operation are in such prominent places, e.g.: arms, neck, and face it is important to many people to be able to reduce scar tissue creation.
This can be done by properly treating the wound. A fairly new and revolutionary wound care treatment are Medihoney dressings and wound paste.
These contain a medical grade, sterilized type of honey with unique and very potent properties. Of course other products can help you ensure the wound stays clean, heals as quickly as possible as well. Just wanted to mention these because they are all natural and have shown to heal wounds that seemed untreatable.
Regarding the scar, most commonly there are two types of scars after basal cell carcinoma removal. Indented (depressed) scars and raised (hypertrophic) scars. Each type requires it’s own treatment.
Raised, and often red, pink, or purple scars can be treated with silicone sheets or gels. These are the only proven products that can be purchased over the counter. Used for years in burn centers and hospitals silicones are known to soften, flatten, tone down this type of scar tissue.
They also diminish pain and itch as well as reduce the risk on keloid scar development. Silicone Scar Treatment Sheets are available on Amazon. (Check out the reviews to see for yourself how these actually help fading people’s scars>.
Depressed scars are harder to treat. Massaging the tissue as well as keeping it hydrated is always useful. When a depression maintains a variety of fillers are available. They are considered safe for use in filling depressions left from skin surgery due to a pre-cancer or cancer.
Downside of fillers is that the filling will have to be repeated once in a while. Fillers consist of Restylane, bovine collagen, and people’s own body fat. Ask a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist about this procedure for details.
Basal cell skin carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s prevalent in light skinned people. BCC in general, is effectively treated and regrowth doesn’t occur often.