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Doctor insights on: Old Chicken Pox Scars

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What's usually recommended for getting rid of old chicken pox scars?

What's usually recommended for getting rid of old chicken pox scars?

Several choices: Crater scarring is common in chickenpox. Filling, mechanical dermabrasion (planning), or surgical removal/suturing are most common treatments. All scarring is permanent, but these help reduce visual noticeability.

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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My 9 year old sister had chicken pox about two months ago, but the scars remain. What can be done to remove them?

My 9 year old sister had chicken pox about two months ago, but the scars remain. What can be done to remove them?

Improve not remove: These scars can be excised but will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon. Vlpl may help to diminish redness but you may try test.

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What sort of creams are effective for old scars? By chicken pox

What sort of creams are effective for old scars? By chicken pox

None: It is doubtful that creams will eradicate scarring, regardless of the source. Consultation with a plastic surgeon may be of value and provide several potential avenues by which to deal with this. Good luck.

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I'm 19 years old and I have a chicken pox right now. What I need to do to remove the scars in my face and body? Please help me.

I'm 19 years old and I have a chicken pox right now. What I need to do to remove the scars in my face and body? Please help me.

Be gentle & patient: For now, avoid rubbing or scratching the lesions to prevent infection. If you need relief, gently apply cool compresses. After the acute illness subsides, protect any scars from the sun, which tends to cause darkening of scars. Continue for up to a year for the scars to mature and fade completely. With a bit of luck, no further treatment should be needed.

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Chicken pox scar on eyelid. Will the eyelashes grow back on a 3 months old?

Chicken pox scar on eyelid. Will the eyelashes grow back on a 3 months old?

Unknown: Difficult to say. You will have to watch and wait for several months. If the hair follicle is intact, it will probably grow back.

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I have a 30 yr. Old raised keloid scar as a result from chicken pox as a kid. I used ScarGuard to flatten it. What do I use to lighten it? Benzoyl P?

I have a 30 yr. Old raised keloid scar as a result from chicken pox as a kid. I used ScarGuard to flatten it. What do I use to lighten it? Benzoyl P?

MD Skin programs: Dr. Obagi is justly famous for being the first doctor to develop a prescribed skin care program that evens pigmentation problems, improves scarring, & even reverses fine lines. It actually delays skin aging. It's still a great skin care program & the cost ends up being about the same as all the over-the-counter anti-aging skin products out there, but with much better results. Others help, too.

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How to remove chicken pox scars?

How to remove chicken pox scars?

Pockmarks: There are many ways to try to get rid of pockmarks in the skin. The sometimes they can be raised or elevated to near invisibility using injectable fillers and other times the fillers are needed during before and after a type laser therapy which can very nicely ablate the site.

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Can chicken pox scars be treated?

Yes: Crater scarring is common in chickenpox. Filling, mechanical dermabrasion (planning), or surgical removal/suturing are most common treatments. All scarring is permanent, but these help reduce visual noticeability.

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How can I remove chicken pox scars?

How can I remove chicken pox scars?

Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there.

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How can chicken pox scars be removed?

How can chicken pox scars be removed?

Improve not remove: These scars can be excised buttery will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon.

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How can I quickly cure chicken pox scars?

How can I quickly cure chicken pox scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

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What can be done about deep chicken pox scars?

What can be done about deep chicken pox scars?

Plastic surgeon: A good plastic surgeon may give you several options to consider. Some dermatologists may also have expertise in this area.

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Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Usually: Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and your dermatologist) told you not to pick at things on your skin! If you can protect the pustule from scratching damage, it usually heals with a minimal scar unless it gets infected with bacteria.

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What should I do about these chicken pox scars?

What should I do about these chicken pox scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

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What is the best way to clear the scars after chicken pox?

What is the best way to clear the scars after chicken pox?

Scars: No complete cure is likely. Time usually improves them. Mederma is popular to apply but will only help a little. Surgery or injectable fillers may help some scars.

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What can I do to treat the chicken pox scars from my body?

What can I do to treat the chicken pox scars from my body?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

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Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Damage by infection: The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the skin by baby's fingernails (from nose and mouth, which are chock-full of bacteria). The lesions that become bacteria-contaminated often have deeper skin damage, and that is what leads to the scarring-it's all about depth of injury, just like burns!

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Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect: 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.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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