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Flattening Hypertrophic Scars
How?: Treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids includes occlusive dressings, compression therapy, steroid injections, cryosurgery, excision, radiation therapy, laser therapy, retinoic acid, imiquimod 5% cream, tamoxifen, tacrolimus, botulinum toxin, and over-the-counter treatments. In other words, many treatments are out there, consult with a dermatologist for what is best for your situation. ...Read more
Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more
Of course not: I'm sorry your acne was not treated as it should have been and you ended up with scars. Scams like "Repairex" target people like yourself. You can have them modified by a specialist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery, or you can do like several Hollywood leading men and keep them for the tough-guy look. ...Read more
Keloid?: Some people have a genetic predisposition to large, raised scars called keloids. There is not really any great solution for them. Some doctors try injecting them with steroids or using a laser or scalpel to remove them (and hope it doesn't come back). Moisturizing lotions, oils, vitamin E, etc, might be of some help. ...Read more
Keloids: Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
KeloidScar treatment: There are no creams that will eliminate a keloid scar. Corticosteroid injections may soften the scar, decrease scar size, and/or improve symptoms associated with the scar; but the scar will still be present. Scar excision will remove the keloid. The resulting scar should be followed closely during healing and maturation to ensure the best result and minimize the risk for recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does Cordran Tape (Flurandrenolide) flatten hypertrophic scars? I am looking to reduce the appearance of a scar from tattoo removal.
No good treatment: Really the best option would be to find yourself a very skilled and gentile doctor and scrape the area flat. Now hopefully your skin heals well and does not d keloid. But you never really know. Here you need the art of medicine ...Read more
It depends: In general, the worse the injury, the worse the scar and the longer it takes to fade. That is why wounds must be treated gently and encouraged to heal quickly. Older people will find that their scars fade faster than younger people (it's one advantage to age); darker-skinned people tend to take longer than fairer people. Keep all scars out of sunlight until they fade as uv worsens outcomes. ...Read more
Not really: True microdermabrasion is limited to the epidermis whereas acne disease truly occurs in the deep dermis. Microdermabrasion is a slightly more agressive form of exfoliation and may help to remove superficial irregularities and pigment. Dermabrasion extends to the dermis and may help to improve superficial scarring. ...Read more
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