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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Overview)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever we sustain an injury.


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I scratch myself in my sleep and wake up bleeding and with scars. What can cause this?

I scratch myself in my sleep and wake up bleeding and with scars. What can cause this?

Pruritis: Many things cause itchy skin, including simple dryness. Try using a mild body lotion to decrease the itching sensation. Your night time scratching can be decreased by placing soft cotton socks over your hands when go to bed. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
2,033 doctors shared insights

Scarring (Overview)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever we sustain an injury.


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My daughter has a mark come up on her back it looks like a scar or stretch mark and it is sore what could it be

Unclear: This mark sounds bothersome, but would require more information before definitive diagnosis could be made. Depending on your daughter's age, and growth, it could simply be a stretch mark. These fractures in the dermis of the skin are problematic both cosmetically and emotionally. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

Stop smoking if you smoke, as smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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See a dermatologist for treatment options
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Find out if you're a candidate for cosmetic scar treatments
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Is it possible to get rid of hypertrophic scars if they're at least a year old, without using lasers or surgery? Or drastically reduce appearance?

Is it possible to get rid of hypertrophic scars if they're at least a year old, without using lasers or surgery?  Or drastically reduce appearance?

Difficult: Scars mature with time. After 1yr they approach their final appearance. Without surgery, pressure and silicone gel sheets can decrease prominence. Scars can further change as your body changes (age, weight, puberty) so be patient. ...Read more

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After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

After the removal of a stage 0 melanoma on face, the stitches were removed. The wound opened up and is opening up more. I don't want a bad scar. What should I do?

Return for follow up: Return to your treating surgeon for evaluation of the wound. If there are no signs of infection, he may be able to reinforce the closure with steri-strips to minimize further spread. He can advise you how to get the optimal scar. ...Read more

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Keloid scar, it is dangerous to have it and make no treatment to it? Can it become larger?

Keloid scar, it is dangerous to have it and make no treatment to it? Can it become larger?

No/Yes: It is not dangerous to have a keloid scar, and no treatment will not lead to harm. Keloids can grow larger, although they usually do so in response to some trauma, like attempting to remove it. ...Read more

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Does Mederma get rid or reduce the appearance of acne scars as it says?

Scar treatment: Over the counter scar remedies can help soften and reduce appearance of scars. There is nothing that erases a scar. No laser, no cream, no surgery... All of these can only "improve" the appearance of a scar. If the scars are significant and deep, i would recommend seeking out the advise of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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1 year on tummy tuck, the scar seems higher and tighter on right, there is what looks like a protruding muscle on right, can it be revised?

Return 4 consult: Even after cosmetic surgery, our bodies continue to change. Age, weight, and general health, affect the longevity of a surgical result. Our bodies are asymmetrical to begin with and cosmetic surgery often accentuates that asymmetry. You should return to your plastic surgeon to evaluate your scar and buldge to determine if a revision will achieve the results you desire. ...Read more

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What would be the best products in treating acne, acne scars, clogged pores, & dark spots?

Acne treatment: First, is keeping the skin clean. Most people do not wash their skin enough. As far as clogged pores consider granular facial scrubs and once they are gone regular facial washing. Then one might consider over the counter products such as benzoyl peroxide and if not effective prescription antibiotics, topical and/or oral. ...Read more

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I used 10%benzoyl peroxide&it left a minor chemical burn on my upper lip(skin has had a darkened color for the past 4days)is this scarring or healing?

I used 10%benzoyl peroxide&it left a minor chemical burn on my upper lip(skin has had a darkened color for the past 4days)is this scarring or healing?

Burn: Skin often responds to injury with increased pigmentation. If your medication "burned" your skin, the darkening is likely the inflammatory process. Protect it from the sun and allow time to resolve it. ...Read more

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Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

No: Deep scars will do what deep scars want to do. Accutane will help prevent further break outs but once scarring has occurred other treatments will need to be done to minimize their look. ...Read more

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Could tretinoin 0.025% fade hyperpigmentation scars?

Could tretinoin 0.025% fade hyperpigmentation scars?

Probably not: This medicine is helpful in preventing new acne lesions, especially if applied consistently. A hydroquinone bleach might fade postinflammatory hyperpigmentation but skill is required and you might do better simply to let them fade on their own and work hard to keep new lesions under control. ...Read more

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Scar cream for vaginal scarring from surgery?

Uncommon: The vagina typically heals very nicely after reconstructive procedures. The best topical treatment after vaginal surgery is an estrogen cream. But even that can be delayed for 3 or 4 weeks after surgery to allow for good initial healing. ...Read more

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Would facial scar revision remove scars caused by acne?

Would facial scar revision remove scars caused by acne?

Facial scar revision: Scars caused by acne are more noticeable if they have surface contour irregularities such as a scalloped or ice-pick scar. Facial scar revision if performed primarily for the scalloped or ice-pick type scars to improve the surface contour. You will still have a scar but the goal is to make the scar smoother and less noticeable. ...Read more

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Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

It si one on many: There are options for acne scaring you can have medical grade peels performed at a doctors office to slowly remove outer layers and stimulate collagen at the dermis, THese have little downtime You can have a laser resurfacing. you may need several it goes as deep or deeper than the peel but you will have about a week downtime and slightly red for a few more. Speak to a good dermatologist ...Read more

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Can the Fraxel Laser improve scarring caused by laser tattoo removal?

Can the Fraxel Laser improve scarring caused by laser tattoo removal?

Yes fraxel can help: scars as do many other lasers, see a laser specialist who is a fellow of the american society of laser medicine and surgery for help. ...Read more

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Can lasers remove scars?

Can lasers remove scars?

No. See specialist: Scars can be improved. Never completely removed. You would need to see a specialist such as a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration. ...Read more

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How is hypertrophic scarring treated?

Scars: Treatment could include intralesional injection of cortisone, pulsed dye laser, or silicone sheets or gel. Dermatologists treat these everyday. ...Read more

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Does scar repairex really fade acne scars ?

Does scar repairex really fade acne scars ?

Of course not: I'm sorry your acne was not treated as it should have been and you ended up with scars. Scams like "Repairex" target people like yourself. You can have them modified by a specialist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery, or you can do like several Hollywood leading men and keep them for the tough-guy look. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Scarring Of The Vulva Or Cervix (Definition)

Due to trauma/ injury a scar is formed by connective tissue (new scar has many fibroblasts & old scar is composed mainly of collagen) in the cervix (at lower end of uterus) ...Read more


Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Liver Scarring (Definition)

Liver scarring = Fibrosis of liver cells. Cirrhosis occurs when the is scar tissue built- ...Read more