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A 16-year-old female asked:

If surgery, plastering, or injections aren't an option, what is the best way to decrease the size and redness of a hypertrophic scar?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Can't really get RID: Of scars, but you can reduce their noticibility. Use a cream called Mederma to reduce the appearance of scars. Topical verapamil cream may help too.
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Topical silicone: Silicone gel patches and certain topical silicones (kelocote, biocornium) have been shown to reduce redness and help flatten scars. Scar massage, even with plain vaseline, get also help. Don't know if this is a good idea in your specific situation. Treatment is always safest with professional supervision.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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