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A 36-year-old member asked:

don't want to get any more scars. what are some healthier alternatives to self harm?

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Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Therapy, DBT: Psychotherapy can help to decrease self-harming. Especially dbt can help with self-harming and feeling emotionally overwhelmed (which can precede self-harming). Check out www.Dbtselfhelp.Com to get started working on other options immediately, and look for a therapist in your area through that website or others.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can there be lasting side effects of self-harm scars?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: For starters, all scars will be permanent. That means you will have an unpleasant reminder on your body when you are a grandmother, long after the pain of whatever it was that caused self-harm has been forgotten. Another danger is that if the problems that cause self-harm aren't addressed, they may escalate. A cut tendon/nerve may not be fully repairable causing permanent numbness or stiffness.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Used to self harm and my scars are so noticable, is there a way to take care of these scars?

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Time heals: Time heals both physical and psychological scars. Your pcp should help as there are some ointments which help.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Trying to heal my self harm scars. Any tips?

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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
PLEASE....: Please get some help. Medical and psychiatric.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are effective treatments for self harm scars in public?

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Dr. Randolph Wong
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Camoflaging scars: Scars may be difficult to explain, but there are methods to camouflage them so you can focus on more positive topics of conversation. Carboxytherapy, microneedling, tissue expansion, surgical tissue rearrangement, etc. Are the medical methods that involve some recovery. Body makeup, strategic jewelry, and clothing are simpler, but sometimes inconvenient methods.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat my self harm scars?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Improve NOT remove: It is possible to improve scars but nearly impossible to remove scars. This requires an assessment of thickness, width, depth, color, texture, location, direction, behavior, adjacent/adherent tissues etc. Depending on the evaluation, an apporopriate intervention(s) is prescribed or recommended. Techniques used may inlcude excision, incision, flap/graft, rearrangement, resurfacing, laser, etc.

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