Get Rid of a Contracture Scar

Edited by Calob Horton, Eng, Doug Collins, vc and 1 other

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Contracture scars are the result of a burn. They get their name from the scar's tendency to contract the skin and scar it together, which can make movement difficult. Severity depends on how large the area of burned skin is; the larger the area, the more skin contraction.

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Medical Treatments

Contracture scars have varying levels of severity depending on how large the burned area is.

Topical Ointments

If the contracture scare is small and doesn't impede movement, you will be able to use either over-the-counter or prescription topical ointments. These include gels and creams that will allow the scar to expand and let your skin move more freely. Some creams will also fade the scar to make it less noticeable.

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Surgery

However, if your contracture scar covers a big area and severely impedes your movement, you will need to have surgery. The most common surgical procedures used to take care of contracture scars are z-plasty and skin grafting. Talk to a surgeon to determine which would be the best option in your case.

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Natural Treatments

There are natural options to treating your contracture scar, as well. The following treatments use all-natural products that can help to treat your scar.

Onion Extract

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    Buy or make onion extract.
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    1. To make onion extract, grab an onion.
    2. Chop it.
    3. Squeeze the juice out.
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    Apply the onion extract to the affected area two to three times a day.
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Wear a Pressure Garment

Pressure garments are made to be worn to put pressure on the wound to control your scars. The timeframe can be anywhere from six months to two to three years, depending on the severity of your burns.

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    Find a pressure garment that will fit where your burn is.
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    Wear it.
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    Talk to your doctor about how long you should wear it.
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Recent edits by: vc, Doug Collins, Eng

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