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Birthmark Cover Up
Sometimes: Depending the tissue and extent of scarring, use of tattoos can mask some scar sites. If depressed (indented) scar with pigment you may consider other options (such as removal/repair, use of pigment seeking laser, etc. Recommend seeing local cosmetic/plastic surgeon for consultation of best options. ...Read more
Cyclical moles, Derm says not melanoma. Start faint, over 3-4 mos get darker, turn red, itch, peel up around edges, fall off. Leave scar, repeat. Why?
Does insurance ever cover a mini tummy tuck? Under what conditions, if any, does insurance ever cover part or all of a mini tummy tuck?
ReadTheF-ingManual: You really should contact your insurance carrier & ask them because insurance companies differ as to what "durable medical equipment"(i.e. lasts a long time) they'll cover.It may depend on the circumstance & whether it can be said to be"medically necessary" & not just a convenience or could be purchased inexpensively over-the-counter (or under it for all I know).Also, check their coverage manual. ...Read more
Recurring vry itchy blisters arms shldrs chest. Only 2-3 new at a time, leave purple mark months and then scar. Many marks & scars. Tried antihystmin?
Silicone gel on scar: Scarprin is silicone gel. Silicone gel applied to scars is the only non-invasive treatment proven to improve the appearance of scars. It is most dramatic when applied to raised scars. However, the appearance of flat scars may also improve with daily use of topical silicone gel. ...Read more
Just less contrast: Tanning is a mistake to try to cover dark spots. The dark spots can also get darker with increased pigment. Tanning just some times makes the contrast less noticeable for a short time. Address the biologic reason for the dark spots. If they are nevi, then tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer. Chemical lighteners or laser can work on certain pigmented areas. Pregnancy hormones can darken. ...Read more
Picked at whitehead on nose, now a hole bigger than pore and pit like. Dermatologist says not infected. Will my skin repair itself? Will retin a (tretinoin) help?
Skin lesion: Leave your skin alone. It will repair itself. If there was no infection and the whitehead was the only thing that came out of it, it will most likely leave no scars, but let it heal itself and keep your hands off your face. ...Read more
IPL vs. Topicals: At times, a gentle ipl treatment can help to expedite the resolution of post treatment redness and blend any areas of hyperpigmentation. I would combine this with topical therapy with hydroquinone +/- Retin-A or other available herbal skin lighteners. There are a variety of mineral based make-ups that can serve as cover-up in the short term as well. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers