While many individuals develop wounds that form scars in various areas, scars in hidden locations may not cause the same level of distress as ones in exposed places on your body, such as your legs. If scars detract from the appearance of your legs, you may benefit from several treatment options. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment option for your legs, depending on the characteristics of your scars.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, scars form when your skin repairs the wounds from accidents, diseases or surgery. The skin on your legs can experience scars from cuts during shaving, falling on sharp or rough surfaces, or even from chicken pox lesions. Subsequent sun exposure may cause your scars to darken, increasing the contrast between your leg scars and the surrounding healthy skin. Factors that can affect scar formation include the location and size of your wound, as well as your age and tendency to scar, according to MedlinePlus.
The extent of your scarring, as well as the location and age of your scar, can help determine the best treatment for your scars. Home treatments for scars include nonprescription products that contain silicone. These products come in gels and bandages. The active substance may help reduce the thickness and soothe any pain associated with scarring. Medical treatments include cortisone injections, surgical excisions, soft tissue fillers and laser treatments.
The American Academy of Dermatology advises that some scars fade on their own within six to 18 months. Applying a foundation makeup that matches the rest of your leg may help hide the scar while it heals. While silicone bandages may reduce the appearance of some scars, you may not want to wear them on exposed areas of your legs. Some medical treatments may require a series of visits and often include a recovery period to allow the wound time to heal correctly.
While scar treatments may help your legs appear smoother and more attractive, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that scar treatments won’t completely remove a scar and damaged tissue will not return to its previous condition. Treatments typically serve to lessen the visible damage left from wounds.
Don’t pick or scratch at scar tissue. Disturbing your body’s protective covering may lead to infection and the formation of additional scar tissue. Prompt medical treatment for deep or jagged wounds on your legs may help your skin heal correctly, reducing your chances of developing large, unsightly scars as the wounds heal.