Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Q: How to Remove Plasma Donation Scars?

How to Prevent Plasma Donation Scars

Long term donors have scars - it's an unavoidable side effect of donation. You can prevent arm scars, though. Here's how to prevent plasma scars:

  • Switch arms every donation. Some plasma donors are righties, some are lefties. Be an ambidextrous donor! Switching arms (being ambidextrous) prevents scars by allowing your arm skin to heal.

  • Take vitamin E cream with you. Apply vitamin E cream before and after donation. Vitamin E is essential to skin healing, so rub on some vitamin E to prevent scars.

  • Drink gallons of water! Okay, not that much. But drinks lots of water. Skin tissues need water to heal. Being properly hydrated leads to easier skin healing and less plasma scar formation. Not to mention, your donation time goes quicker when you're properly hydrated, so drink your water.

Scars as a Side-Effect of Plasma Donation

One of the side effects of plasma donating long term is plasma donation scars. After plasma donating long term, you'll get an ugly plasma scar like the mark above. The plasma scar is red or clear in color. The scar may also form a hole to match the injection site. As some plasma donors joke, a scar at the injection site is "a good target for doctors to place the needle."

Phlebotomists are trained to prevent scars and vein damage. However, in rare cases vein damage still occurs. Even a skilled Phlebotomist can't prevent long term scars in donors. However, bearing a plasma donation scar is a small price to pay to make precious plasma medicines.

Why Plasma Injection Sites Form Scars


The Phlebotomist puts in the needle, and your plasma machine starts pumping. Eventually, your plasma donation will be stored, and turned into medicines such as flu shots, immune boosters and burn medications.

But at the needle mark, your skin is irritated. Scars form from improper skin irritation during tissue healing. Your plasma injection site is healing, and you irritate it again by donating blood plasma. Over long term donation, your arm skin forms a scar.

The good news is plasma scars, like all scars, lack nerve tissue. Donate plasma long enough to get scars, and the needle injection will stop hurting (due to less nerve tissue present.) The arm scar is also a road map to place the needle for Phlebotomists in training.

Will I Get Scarred Veins From Donating Plasma?

Horror stories depict junkies getting vein scars and ruining their health. Scarred veins cause blood irregularity and deadly blood clots. Don't worry! Blood plasma donation isn't like being a junkie. Plasma donors are legally allowed two donations a week. It takes multiple needle injections a day to get scarred veins, or blood clots. Two donations a week isn't enough to get scarred veins like our junkie friends.
How to Remove Plasma Donation Scars

So, you didn't drink water, did you? Or maybe you're a long term blood plasma donor. It's made a scar on your arm that your relatives are beginning to question. You need get rid of a plasma donation scar that makes you look like a junkie with a favorite vein.


First, try vitamin E cream. Vitamin E cream not only prevents plasma scars - it can also get rid of scars. Vitamin E is essential to healthy skin cells and tissues, so rub vitamin E cream on the scar twice daily to diminish the appearance. Vitamin E comes in an over the counter cream form at the drug store. Vitamin E oils and liquids are also available over the counter.

Next, add to a bath some some Epsom Salts. Epsom salts aren't just healthy for plants - they help with scars too. Epsom salts rejuvenate skin and diminish the appearance of injection scars. Epsom salts relax the skin and provide powerful antioxidants  which, when added to a bath, are the key to repairing scarred or damaged skin.

Also try Mederma scar removal cream for damaged skin. Vitamin E oil is the first choice in plasma scar removal, since it is cheap and available over the counter. However, cheap Vitamin E oil or cream works best with new scars. New scars are easier to remove than old scars which have been "set." If you have old scars from plasma donation, bring out the big (expensive) guns and go for Mederma.

Finally, stop donating blood plasma, if plasma donation scars bother you. You may have scars years after stopping plasma donation - it's okay. It can takes years after stopping plasma donation for scars to heal. These ugly marks will heal after months or years depending on the suppleness of your own skin. The best way to remove plasma donation scars is to forgo the $60 and stop plasma donating twice a week.

28 comments:

  1. Eek! I was just looking for some advice to help with not getting scars from donating platelets. I donate platelets every two weeks and plasma once a month TO THE RED CROSS! I get no money for it. To tell me to just forgo the $60 is just crazy! I might get a free tshirt but I don't get any money for my donations.
    Other than that slap in the face... thanks for the advice.

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    1. Plasma donation Centers give you money to compensate you for your time.

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    2. Csl plasma take plasma.donations the first 5 you get $50 it varies after that depending on your weight and how often you go

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  2. This article is rude an condescending, from bit about "our junkie friends" to "just forgo the $60" smh

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    1. I found it funny and delivers what we were wondering. Also, I make $50 each time.

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    2. I make $545 a month if I go twice weekly.

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    3. ..what state do u live in??? Thsts alot of money

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    4. Wow! What state do you live in? Currently I get $20 + $50 if I donate twice a week.

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  3. This is in reference to those of us who get paid for donating plasma. Red Cross takes whole blood which is a simpler and, overall, safer process than donating plasma.

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  4. This is a very dumb Article you are not donating plasma donating indicates that you are giving it away for free you are selling plasma for money you're not donating it

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    1. Its because the centers are called plasma DONATION centers.. The payment is compensation for your time..

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  5. Well Im a phleb and work at a plasma center, the article was insightful to me and informative however I can see how some can take offense

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  6. It seems that people who are not having a difficult time financially are super judgemental of this way of helping yourself and helping others. If you've ever worked for 11 dollars an hour you know as well as I do what's left after taxes especially when your hours are cut. It's not just homeless, unemployed or welfare recipient that donate, it is the growing number of the hard working under employed as well. So try not to judge stereotype or demean because no-one is impervious to financial problems.

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    1. I work and my husband works and both donate plasma and I love doing it.. I love saving lives

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    2. Awesome comment, most of us have had and are having unfortunate circumstances where being compensated in each for plasma is an alternative to making extra money. Which is perfectly fine on an individual basis. So, I agree with the post by kenneth.. Please don't criticize or be judgemental of people's decision to earn money by donating plasma. For those who haven't hit rock bottom yet, there may be a time you will and you may have to sacrifice the unthinkable just make ends meet.
      Good Day All.

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    3. I donate. My daughter's best friend depends on people to donate. Plasma is what keeps her well. Actually my whole family does. We then pool the money we are given to help off set the cost her insurance does not pay for. The plasma is 2,400 every time. Crazy the cost she has to endure for the plasma but some peoples need this to survive. Also sad insurance that is paid for does not cover the full cost. So getting that gift of money to donate let's us help her even more, plus donating keeps her alive as well as hundreds of people. Although sad the cost for those that depend on it!

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  8. Have anybody gave plasma and had dummies in there fingers? Two weeks ago I gave plasma the girl twist the needle around in my arm it stung real bad another girl had to help her. When they took the needle out I was bleed heavy, I to put pressure on arm to slow down the bleeding!

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  9. I donate plasma so my family can have gas money, food money, or anything else they need when they run out of money. Like when I first started, even though I am very afraid of needles, our lights and gas went out so I bought lots of gas for the generator. My dad is in the middle class and still needs money because the taxes take a lot out of his pay check. So don't judge people who donate. Also I donate because it does help.

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  10. We get lumps and bruises because those girls that work there don't know how to poke u ...they want u to think it's us but it's them..

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  11. We get lumps and bruises because those girls that work there don't know how to poke u ...they want u to think it's us but it's them..

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  12. I prefer the old term bloodletter over phlebotomist

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  13. Donated for the first time yesterday, during the process, the checked my arms said I was a "left arm only and red" what are the talking about. I arrived at 9:30 and wasn't finished until 1:30 it was crazy. They also checked my arms three times.

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  14. Some of the comments are very helpful and others are just dum but I donateto make ends meet household needs along with many other things that are needed for my house and I love helping people who are in need of the components of the benefits of plasma

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  15. I find it astonishing the mark up after we donate usually for free. I have never been paid. I do chomp on pretzels and have a bottle of water. Sometimes collect a t-shirt which advertises for them. Also have been given free vouchers for one drink or meal.

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  16. I donate plasma it does help me and my family tremendously plus the fact that we help people that really need life saving plasma medicines etc

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