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Does the derma roller that removes surgical scars really work?

Does the derma roller that removes surgical scars really work?

Yes and no: Once a scar has been made, there is currently no technology that can create a scarless area but there are several including the derma roller which can help. Techniques are dependent on the experience and skill of the practitioner as well as the response of the individual, all a which are highly variable. For best results, seek someone with a lot of experience with your particular problem. ...Read more

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Is a derma roller better compare to laser?

Is a derma roller better compare to laser?

Both: Both are great treatments in the right hands. Only go to a dermatologist with a lot of experience, not just any laser or salon that does these treatments. It can be horrific if performed in the wrong hands. ...Read more

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Is the derma roller similar to a microdermabrasion? The concept behind a derma roller sounds similar to microdermabrasion. Are they the same? .

Is the derma roller similar to a microdermabrasion? The concept behind a derma roller sounds similar to microdermabrasion.  Are they the same?

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Dermaroller: Is a cylindrical device with microneedles that pucture the skin. The idea is to stimulate those tiny wounds (which usually do not leave a mark) to heal, causing collagen formation and tightening. Some doctors feel that dermarolling can also transfer living melanocytes to areas that do not contain them, potentially improving skin pigmentation issues. Microdermabrasion removes top dead layers only. ...Read more

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Does derma rollar with use of minoxidil work? should I use derma rollar at home with out minoxidil

Does derma rollar with use of minoxidil work? should I use derma rollar at home with out minoxidil

Dermaroller: Good question. To my knowledge, this has not been studied. I would not recommend it as it will SIGNIFICANTLY increase the absorption of minoxidil, which is a drug that lowers the blood pressure. Stick with the 5% or consider using the oral medications that are available and often more effective. ...Read more

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How well does a chemical peel work for removing old scars on the face?

How well does a chemical peel work for removing old scars on the face?

Depends: Chemical peels and/or laser treatments may be an important part of scar revision but without knowing more details, detail recommendations are impossible. The size, location of the scar as well as it's character (flat, heaped up, etc) all influence the best way to improve the appearance of a scar. Other treatment options include dermabrasion, scar revision surgery, and injections. ...Read more

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Do gels and topical treatmeant really help scars fade, if so how long will they work, or will the work on old scars?

Do gels and topical treatmeant really help scars fade, if so how long will they work, or will the work on old scars?

Improve: 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

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Does laser hair removal actually work in reducing/killing hair growth & if so does the home remedy tria laser work just as well?

Does laser hair removal actually work in reducing/killing hair growth & if so does the home remedy tria laser work just as well?

Laser Hair Removal: Yes, laser hair removal can be very effective in reducing unwanted hair. At home hair removal products do not really work well compared to the top of the line laser hair removal machines you find at physicians' offices. ...Read more

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Does bio oil work better than merderma for scars on the face?

Does bio oil work better than merderma for scars on the face?

Not proven: There hasn't been a study comparing the two, that i'm aware of. Personally, i think silicone-based scar products, like kelocoat or prosil, work better than either of those two. ...Read more

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What does laser scar therapy even do to the scars?

What does laser scar therapy even do to the scars?

Laser scar treatment: Mostly laser treatments for scaring is designed to lighten the pigmentary changes from the scarring. It does not erase the scar. ...Read more

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Does celltone gel really work on old burn scars or wounds?

No see below: On the 3rd november 2011 a complaint was laid with the asa against the claims being made for this product. In essence the consumer complained that there is no peer-reviewed evidence to confirm that the claims for this product as a whole, or for the individual ingredients, are true, and therefore the asa agreed. ...Read more

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What will work to fade or take off scars?

What will work to fade or take off scars?

Don't waste your $$: All scars go through a process of maturation that can take up to a year. Initially, surgical scars look good but may get more prominent, redder and itchier at 6-8 weeks, when their blood flow peaks. They will start to fade after that. I usually recommend nothing for scar treatment (except sun avoidance) in my patients unless the scar does not seem to be maturing normally. ...Read more

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How well does hydroquinone work to fade scars?

Fairly well: Hydroquinone is an effect way to fade hyperpigmented scars (those with a dark color) but it is not as effective at fading red or raised scars. Those require other measures. Also in a small number of dark-skinned individuals, use of hydroquinone can cause increased pigmentation. Nothing works 100% of the time so for best results, consult with an expert in scars e.g. A plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does scarprin work on flat scars?

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

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How often are derma roller treatments needed to maintain results? How often will i need to use my derma roller to keep my skin looking its best? .

How often are derma roller treatments needed to maintain results? How often will i need to use my derma roller to keep my skin looking its best?

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See below: A lot depends on the depth of penetration and if you use medications or not. Generally speaking once every three to four weeks. Good luck from NYC ...Read more

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How often are derma roller treatments needed to maintain results? How often will i need to use my derma roller to keep my skin looking its best? .

Depends on depth: Dermarollers may vary I depth from 0.5 up to 2.0 mm. Depending on the indication and areas treated (eyelid to scalp vary in thickness). Treatment can be daily, weekly, monthly or every 3-4 months based on conditions. ...Read more

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Does cryotherapy work for hypertrophic acne scars on the back? To thin to inject and doctor said they don't have lasers for raised scars.

Does cryotherapy work for hypertrophic acne scars on the back? To thin to inject and doctor said they don't have lasers for raised scars.

Acne scar therapy: I use a "palette of therapies" for acne scars based on the characteristics of the scars in question. Cryotherapy works well for darker color, and is also used in conjunction with intralesional Kenalog (triamcinolone). However, it does not play much of a primary role in treating scars. ...Read more