Electromagnetic scar reduction is another non-invasive method of reducing breast scar formation in new surgical wounds. Some treatments remain controversial, but other electromagnetic therapies have become mainstream. Electromagnetic therapy does have some inherent dangers and contraindications, so make sure to consult your doctor prior to usage.
This report explains how magnetic scar reduction works and details the most commonly available forms of treatment for reducing the visibility of problematic surgical scars.
Electromagnetic Scar Patches
The best modality of electromagnetic therapy for surgical scar reduction is the ActiPatch, manufactured by Bioelectronics Corp. This FDA approved device has been shown to provide numerous benefits for postoperative patients, including: faster healing, less swelling and inflammation, reduced pain and stiffness and less bruising and scar formation.
The device uses pulse electrical energy to affect organic cell behavior and characteristics.
The device is self-contained and powered by a small battery, which is supposed to last about 30 days of continuous use, although many patients report the device quitting in considerably less time.
The product is inexpensive, convenient and highly effective for a variety of indications. It is definitely worth checking out for those patients who are interested in magnetic scar treatment.
Electromagnetic Scar Reduction Therapy
There are clinics which offer professional electromagnetic therapy treatments, using high powered equipment. Some of these devices have been proven to speed healing, reduce swelling and relieve pain. There is also evidence that new scarring can be prevented, and even old plastic surgery scars can be softened, with repeated use.
Other devices have been proven to do nothing at all, except waste your money. It is difficult for a novice to determine the real deal in electromagnetic therapy from some useless battery-powered box with wires coming out of it.
Studies have actually shown reasonably good treatment results from even the fake machines, thanks to the powerful placebo effect of the treatment and the constant interaction between the mind and the body. However, don’t count on a placebo being too effective, especially when you are paying for the real thing.
The best advice is to talk to your doctor about any electromagnetic therapy provider prior to paying for treatment.
Effectiveness of Electromagnetic Scar Reduction
We really like the research citations that we have read on the ActiPatch products. The company has done fair and impartial studies, which seem to support all their claims. The product is very low priced for a legitimate medical device and seems to have about 1000 uses in the field of home medicine. Better marketing could make this device a fixture in every single household.
Be cautious of expensive professional electropulse or electromagnetic therapies, unless offered by a qualified and reputable doctor. Many of these treatments that are offered by non-medical professionals are less than legitimate and certainly not very effective. Some might even be harmful to your overall health.
The following types of patients should never use any form of electrotherapy treatments, including the ActiPatch: pregnant women, pacemaker recipients or any patient with an implanted electrical device, such as a neurostimulator or cardioverter defibrillator, young or developing children, except by prescription from a qualified physician.