You suffered several minor injuries in a recent car accident, but the ordeal left you not only emotionally scarred but also physically scarred. What should you expect in terms of your treatment?
WebMD explains how medical care providers address various scars. Learn about treatment options you may want to discuss with your doctor and medical team.
Prescription or over-the-counter gels, creams and ointments
You may have the option of treating your scars with over-the-counter or prescription treatments. Doctors often recommend this option for scars caused by wounds or cuts. You may require oral antihistamines or steroids if you have sensitive scars or scars prone to itching. Physicians sometimes suggest silicone gel sheeting and pressure treatment as preventative medical care or scar treatment.
If the car accident left you with hypertrophic, keloid or other raised scars, steroid injections could help. You may receive injections by themselves or with additional treatments. Collagen and other filler injections may help if you have pitted scarring, but these injections may not offer permanent results.
Surgical treatment or removal
Deeper scars may require surgical removal or treatment, such as excision, skin grafts, laser surgery or dermabrasion. Skin graft treatments involve treating the scar with skin from another part of the body for patients with burns. If your scars impede your overall functionality, your medical team may recommend a medical procedure.
You should not suffer unnecessarily because of another driver’s negligence. When you better understand your scar treatment options, you may have a better idea of how to protect your rights and receive the damages you deserve from the at-fault party.