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Cigarette Burns Scar
Yes: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more
Depends: The depth of the burn determines if it will scar or not. The deeper the burn, the more likely it will scar. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on how deep the burn is. If the wound base is pink and moist, then it's most likely a 2nd degree burn. If the wound base is white or leathery, then it's a 3rd degree burn. Deeper injuries will produce scars. ...Read more
Can a dermatologist or doctor find evidence of burns (particularly those from cigarettes) from skin that has healed without scarring?
Burns heal with scar: Burns always heal with scars, if it is visible or not. And yes, it will be able to be found. ...Read more
I have severe scarring, what looks like cigarette burns from having a wart removed from one leg, and a tiny little dot on the other. Is this normal?
Scarring: This may happen. See a plastic surgeon for advice on getting rid of these scars. ...Read more
Time, hydroquinone: 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. ...Read more
When will (almost healed) purple (reddish) scar of cigarette burn disappear. For 2 months I have red circle that is surrounded with white circle?
Prob 15 months: At your age, the final healing and appearance will probably not be evident until about 15 months post burn. ...Read more
Deep cigarette Burn scars on wrist from November they're dark in color, scaley and like mini pot holes I would like to get rid of them if possible.?
Cig/burns Tx?: Excision by a Plastic Surgeon offers better option to improve appearances. ...Read more
I went to urgent care four days ago with major breathing problems I'm 27 yrs old I've been smoking cigarettes since I was 13 for more than two years a I've been smoking a pack or more a day. ..my chest still burns even though they gave me medicine to help
Question?: You don't need me (or anyone else) to tell you what to do to get better. You all ready know. Whether you use hypnosis, yoga, transcendental meditation, behavior mod, gum, patches, pills or whatever - do something now and try to reclaim the 50 years you're robbing from yourself. Good luck! (ps: only you can do it.) ...Read more
IMPROVE not remove: There are many options to improve scars discussed here (camouflage, peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser, surgery and more) but it is generally impossible to remove a scar unless you replace it with another. Avoiding tobacco and sun may help. Unfortunately cutting scars are very difficult to conceal. Other than garments, tattoos may be the best method to conceal them. ...Read more
This has no effect on scars. Used on severe burns at the time of injury. Vite is an old one, seen to work the same as vaseline. Many products clamor for your attention to "heal" scars. They want your money. If you have asignificant scar, see a
has no effect on scars. Used for severe burns. Vit e is an old one long noted to be as effective as vaseline. Lots of things. ...Read more
Improvement of scars: Scars can be secondary to accidents, burns or surgery. These behave differently and if the wounds get infected then there is another variable that will impact scarring. Scars mainly improve with time but addiing scar care creams, sunblock use, silicone gel sheets, compression, laser or light therapy and sometimes scar revision are modalities that can help make things better. ...Read more
You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:
1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more
See plastic surgeon: Thnaks for yor question, you should seek a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss the many options available. ...Read more
I have a scar where a pole fell on my head as a child 16 yrs ago. Although it is long healed, it is still sensitive and sometimes burns. Why is this?
Scar: The underlying scar tissue may be irritating the peripheral nerves of your head causing occasional pain. ...Read more
Depends injury/Rx: I assume you are asking about friction burns. If the wound is superficial ; does not have any dirt or other particlate matter embedded in it, is kept clean ; slightly moist and covered, and heals within 10-14 days, and the ensuing reddish area is protected by use of sunblock ; scar care creams then majority of these wounds heal with little or no sequelae. See a plastic surgeon, if concerned. ...Read more
Gradually fade: Discoloration of scars whether purple, pink or red usually represent immature scars. As they mature coloration tends to normalize although they may not ever reach the color of surrounding skin or might not fade at all. ...Read more
They can: 2º burns can describe anything just deeper than a 1º burn to burns that act like full thickness burns. The deeper the burn, the more likely it is to result in poor scarring. Also, infection can convert a shallow burn to a deeper burn, so it is important to have good care from a doctor or burn team familiar with both the acute and long-term care of burns. ...Read more
All depends in depth: Scaring can vary. Deep 2nd acts more like a 3rd, superficial 2nd acts more like a 1st. It all depends on depth. Superficial may not scar at all, deep may scar significantly and may need to be excised and grafted. If the area is contracting and causing disfigurement, pain, or limiting mobility see a plastic surgeon. If it has healed and worried about aesthetics- sunblock daily, give at least 1 yr. ...Read more
Plastic surgeon: See a plastic surgeon for current available treatment options if there are any. ...Read more
I have some scars left from friction burns during sex mostly hyporpigemation how can I treat this?
Many treatments: See a dermatologist or an experience Family Medicine doctor. There a number or treatments for this, steroid and retinoid creams to name just two. Someone will need to see these because the most effective and safe treatment method will depend on where these lesions are. ...Read more
They can.: If the burn is superficial in depth (but still blistered), good wound care may yield no scars whatsoever. But deep (er) 2nd degree burns can indeed leave scars. Scarring is totally dependent on the depth of the injury, whether from the initial thermal damage, or from subsequent infection causing more severe tissue loss. ...Read more
Depends in deprh: Superficial (1st degree) burns with redness require minimal treatment with an ointment & possible nsaids (if not sensitive). Partial thickness burns (2nd & 3rd degree) with blisters must be treated with topical antibiotics (bacitracin for face - silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for body) if not allergic in order to minimize the risk of infection which may increase the amount of tissue damage. Sulfamylon for ear eschars. ...Read more
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