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Is it true that icepick scars can ONLY be removed via laser treatment?

Is it true that icepick scars can ONLY be removed via laser treatment?

TX "icepick"scars: NO! Other TX's - subcision, fillers, fat grafting, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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How to remove scars, from ingrown hair, on my legs? (besides laser treatment)

How to remove scars, from ingrown hair, on my legs? (besides laser treatment)

Improve not remove: Micro or traditional dermabrasion with or without the use of chemical peels as well as various agents such as bleaching agents or Alpha and beta hydroxy acids may provide some improvement in the appearance of scars, in the meantime use sunblock and avoid tobacco use. Topical or oral antibiotics may help I'm certain instances. ...Read more

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Approximately how much would it cost for a laser treatment on the face to remove acne/acne scars? And where can u contact these doctors?

Approximately how much would it cost for a laser treatment on the face to remove acne/acne scars? And where can u contact these doctors?

It will vary greatly: I see that you are in the us and if you phone a medical school, the dermatology residents (who are super-smart and up-to-date) might welcome you at a very reasonable price. I'm sorry your acne wasn't treated as it should have been, but do keep in mind that several of the top hollywood guys kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. It's your call -- I hope you get what you want. ...Read more

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How can scar laser treatment work?

How can scar laser treatment work?

Scar treatment: Depending on the problem with the scar there are treatments to improve them but nothing will completely remove them. I treat pigmented scars with bbl to lighten them, thick scars with fractional laser to soften them, or bad or wide scars with surgery to cut out the scar and re-sew it a more cosmetically pleasing way. The laser approach requires a series of treatments to be effective--often 5-6. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how scar laser treatment work?

Can you tell me how scar laser treatment work?

There are so many: Types of laser treatments, it depends on the wavelength laser you choose, but usually it works by heating up the collagen and elastin in the dermis to tighten skin, but can be ablative and cause burn to stimulate tightening ...Read more

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Does laser treatment really work in treating scars?

Does laser treatment really work in treating scars?

Sometimes: Scars are physiological response to injuries of the skin. Scars come in different forms: red, raised, depigmented, thinned, pitted, stretch mark like, or any combination of the above. Lasers work well to correct the redness. However, all of the other components require "reinjury" by the laser, with the hopes of "proper re-recovery" of the skin. This is difficult, so only partially effective. ...Read more

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Does the laser treatment completely get rid of scars?

Does the laser treatment completely get rid of scars?

Scar treatment: Depending on the problem with the scar there are treatments to improve them but nothing will completely remove them. I treat pigmented scars with bbl to lighten them, thick scars with fractional laser to soften them, or bad or wide scars with surgery to cut out the scar and re-sew it a more cosmetically pleasing way. The laser approach requires a series of treatments to be effective--often 5-6. ...Read more

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Can I undergo laser treatment for scars when I am still getting breakouts?

Can I undergo laser treatment for scars when I am still getting breakouts?

Better wait.: It is usually better and safer to wait until the breakouts are under control. A good skin care program appropriate for your type of skin should be instituted until the condition has stabilized; then laser treatment can be done with optimal results. ...Read more

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Question on how I could lighten my scar. Any ideas of ways other than laser treatment?

Question on how I could lighten my scar. Any ideas of ways other than laser treatment?

Raw honey, aloe gel: The cause of the scar and it's age are not noted. Scars take about 1 year to fully heal. I would suggest using ~ 50:50 mix of Aloe gel (preferably from a plant) and raw honey applied to the entire scar daily and as needed. When I burned my hand, I used a clean sock to cover my hand at night. Apply a dressing over the area if possible. Be patient and let time above treatment do its work. ...Read more

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Is there a home treatment that I can use to treat dark spots or other scars? Is laser treatment expensive?

Is there a home treatment that I can use to treat dark spots or other scars? Is laser treatment expensive?

Yes: There are chemicals that you can apply at home to treat dark spots. They must be prescribed by your plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Could I take laser treatment for pimple scars?

Could I take laser treatment for pimple scars?

Yes: There are many ways to treat the scars, once the acne is under control. These treatments include lasers, peels and microdermabrasion. I like using a non-ablative laser known as fraxel. It works great for these areas and also resurfaces the surrounding skin improving the overall quality. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist will take a look at your skin type and determine the best approach. ...Read more

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Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: There are many lasers: noninvasive and invasive. Noninvasive lasers help with discolorations (ipl, ktp, nd:yag, alex, ruby, pulsed dye, diode) or collagen remodeling (thermage, titan). Invasive lasers include co2, fractional co2 (activefx, deepfx, totalfx, repair), erbium, fraxel, ematrix. ...Read more

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Have you had laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: It is a common treatment. The co2 fractionated laser is very commonly used for acne scars and does a beautiful job. It entails downtime and requires that you follow instructions carefully. ...Read more

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Will laser treatment burn and cause some permanent scars?

Will laser treatment burn and cause some permanent scars?

Always a risk: Need to make sure you understand all risks and benefits and only go to board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specializes in lasers ...Read more

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Will scars left by in grown hair diminish after laser treatment?

Usually: It depends upon the laser. For example, hair removal lasers will not do anything for a scar, although if it removes the hair permanently, it may prevent the problem of ingrown hairs. Some lasers are designed to treat scars. You need to know what laser is being used and why. Ask the doctor who is prescribing laser rx if it will help. ...Read more

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What is the best laser treatment for a hypertrophic scar on my back?

What is the best laser treatment for a hypertrophic scar on my back?

Timing: If you have a true hypertrophic scar then laser therapy does work well. You don't know what a scar looks like for a year so you can wait till then. If you are less than a year, if you have redness a pulse dye laser can take help. A fractional co2 laser will be very helpful after a year or if there is contour issues. ...Read more

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What type of laser treatment can get rid of hyper pigmentation scars?

What type of laser treatment can get rid of hyper pigmentation scars?

Scar treatment: CO2 and infrared lasers are used for scar reduction/removal attempt. There are also different types of prescription and over the counter creams/ointments that can help greatly diminish the appearance of scars. Surgical scarring can be reduced with suturing technique as well as treatment during the healing phase. ...Read more

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Acne scars cure. Natural or laser treatment?

Acne is complex: The cause of acne is elusive and so is the treatment. I am not aware of any natural cures other than avoiding food which may precipitate an attack. Lasers are not typically used for active disease but more for scarring. "ilght therapy" may be effective and so is pdt with ala. ...Read more

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What is the best type of laser treatment for acne scars?

What is the best type of laser treatment for acne scars?

Fractional laser: Fraxel and fractional co2 are the best choices.
Fractional co2 is the more intense resurfacing laser. I would only recommend it for lighter skin. You do one or two sessions and there is about a week to a week and a half downtime with each session. Results are really good, but some people do not have the option of taking this much time off. Fraxel is less downtime but more sessions. ...Read more

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Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

May Be: Correct laser treatments for acne scars may help for some patients, but may not help others. Also, on the same patient some scars could get better results than some other scars. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but I don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! I looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but I don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! I looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

Unfortunately: Unfortunately you will not be able to get rid of acne scars for that amount.

The gold standard for acne scar improvement is fractional laser done multiple times - and that is usuallly between $500 to $800 per session.

If your scars are merely dark areas, you should use a good sunblock all the time and try a few of the dark spot correctors (neutrogena is one) any over the counter treatment will only be minimally effective in correcting discoloration, but if a big issue is dark marks, anything that helps is a plus.

Red marks will eventually resolve on their own if you don't "worry" the skin by picking or using abrasive scrubs.

As for actual scarring that causes a shadow because of the depth, your only solution lies in a medical office.

The big factor to control is your acne to prevent further scarring. If you are still breaking out, most dermatology visits will fall under insurance - as will the topical and oral medications. ...Read more

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I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars. Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars. Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

Acne: Treat for acne includes: 1) antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, 2) birth control pills and other medication that help with hormones (can be helpful for women), 3) Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all causes of acne. For you I would recommend isotretinoin. ...Read more

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How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

About an hour: Laser resurfacing for acne scarring usually takes about an hour and in my practice is done with a twilight anesthesia. It will be about ten to fourteen days before a patient will be able to apply makeup. ...Read more

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Which type of laser treatment for medium acne scars is the very best?

Which type of laser treatment for medium acne scars is the very best?

Carbon Dioxide laser: A co2 laser is most effective (with regards to lasers) to address moderate acne scars. The treatment can be done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is experienced in lasers. ...Read more

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Is laser treatment effective against making acne scars less prominent?

Is laser treatment effective against making acne scars less prominent?

Yes: The fractionated lasers like co2 will improve acne scars, a good result is 50% reduction so they are rarely completely removed.

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Is there anything similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Is there anything similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Not likely useful: I have seen many of these products advertised in the skymall magazine and other miscellaneous infomercials and shopping networks but I am quite skeptical about their effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

No: Nothing's going to help with depressed acne scars of any subtype except the lasers, fillers or microsurgery that some dermatologists and plastic surgeons can use. I'm sorry you ended up with scars in the first place; all acne is manageable nowadays and it's unfortunate that yours was neglected. ...Read more

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What to do if I have deep acne scar. Should I go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

What to do if I have deep acne scar. Should I go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

Multiple: The resurfacing lasers may help, in general a50% improvement is considered very positive. Fractionated co2 lasers and other s like profractional may help. Deep chemical peels by a properly trained MD may help as well ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have deep acne scar. Should I go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

What do you suggest if I have deep acne scar. Should I go with laser treatment for removing those scars?

It depends.: It depends on the scar. If you have diffuse, irregular scars, and erbium or CO2 laser would help. If you have flexible scars that come to the surface when stretched, then filler materials like hyaluronic acid can help. Other lasers can help with red scars. Ice-pick, deep scars can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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What to do if I was planning to get laser treatment for my acne scars. I was wondering if its good for u?

Lasers are a good: Option for improving acne scars. Be sure to follow your surgeons instruction for after care to the letter for the best results. ...Read more

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My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment. Is that true?

My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment. Is that true?

See below: That really depends on the type of scars you have. Generally speaking, scars never disappear, but they may look better after laser treatment.
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Can a laser treatment on 5th metacarpal incision hypertrophic scar heal the reduced sensation or numbness around it?

Can a laser treatment on 5th metacarpal incision hypertrophic scar heal the reduced sensation or numbness around it?

Potentially: Laser may be helpful to reduce the overall size of the scar and potentially help with your symptoms if they are from mechanical pressure from the scar on the nerve. It may also help by improving the blood flow to the area. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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