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What causes discoloraton within a scar?

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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 55 years experience
Pigment or blood: Brown discoloration is usually pigment, but can be hemosiderin from bleeding if there has been trauma, part of the healing process induces blood vessels to grow into the healing area. If it is pigment recurring after a mole you should have it evaluated by your dermatologist.
Dr. Lara Devgan
15 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon.

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