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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Help I had a pimple on my nose that I picked, now it is red and looks like an open scar, how can I fix it?

Help I had a pimple on my nose that I picked, now it is red and looks like an open scar, how can I fix it?

See a skin doc: Agree with having it checked. Basal cell carcinoma may start as a pimple but will never heal or go away on its own. If it is a skin cancer make sure you have it treated by a fellowship (acms) trained mohs micrographic surgeon to ensure complete removal of the cancer and subsequent repair (www.Mohscollege.Org). ...Read more

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Can you suggest some home remedies i could use for open acne scars?

Can you suggest some home remedies i could use for open acne scars?

Excellent wound care: Good home remedy of a scar begns with excellent and meticulous care of the initial wound causing the scar. In general. Clean, moist wounds whose edges are well approximated under minimal tension will tend to produce optimal scarring. Gentle cleansing of a contaminated wound with subsequent moist dressings will general produce the least prominent scar. Scar massage/pressure/occlusion may help. ...Read more

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How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

Not possible: A plastic surgeon can sometimes revise a skin wound in order to make it less apparent. ...Read more

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How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

Scar Revision.: Go and see a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate the scar and revise it if it is necesary. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid of acne scars, open pores, and to get my original complexion back quickly?

What can I use to get rid of acne scars, open pores, and to get my original complexion back quickly?

Multiple options: Getting control of the acne process is the first step. Depending upon the issues present, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments are among the most common treatments utilized. A good daily skin care regimen is crucial. Seek consultation from a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had appendectomy my scar came open what do I do?

I had appendectomy my scar came open what do I do?

See Your Surgeon: Wound openings and wound infections are not uncommon with appendectomies. Wounds opening up may do so because of many reasons primarily due to infection, non-healing, or more serious issues. Please see your surgeon promptly for evaluation. ...Read more

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5 wks pp Scared to do any type of out dnt want my c-sec scar to open. I read stories that can open even after 4 months I'm paranoid now. ?

5 wks pp Scared to do any type of out dnt want my c-sec scar to open. I read stories that can open even after 4 months I'm paranoid now. ?

C-section: Your surgeon is the best one who can judge your level of activity. Therefore, he is the one to address your concerns with because each individual heals differently after surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is the derma roller device on open pores and surgical scars?

How effective is the derma roller device on open pores and surgical scars?

It is effective: Every individual has very unique responses to treatment. Some respond better than others and it may be difficult to know how well someone will respond. In addition, there are treatment operator effects- derma roller devices come in different lengths. Obviously, the deeper the device penetrates, the more reaction, either positive or negative. Your best bet- find an experienced practitioner. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a c-section scar to open 4 yrs later? Mine is red in one spot & oozing. The fluid stinks really bad!

Is it possible for a c-section scar to open 4 yrs later? Mine is red in one spot & oozing. The fluid stinks really bad!

No.: In your history you have put in that you have an abscess and endometriosis as well as the fact that you are on antibiotics.No, the c-section is not opening up after 4 years. The more likely diagnosis is ingrown hair infection/abscess or an endometriosis seeding into the scar.Your ob/gyn will be able to give you a better answer once he/she has had a chance to examine you and do some investigations. ...Read more

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I have a stomach surgery scar since when i was about 10 or 9 years of age scar is open form tip hasnt healed and has puss, doctors all say leave it alone and it will heal. 11 yrs now and now and still no change what do I do

Expertise needed: You need to see a real, full time wound care doc. Infection for so long is absolutely unlikely as infections do not smolder like this. You most likely have a piece of suture at the base of the wound that has moved up close to the skin where your body identifies it as foreign body trying to get rid of it. Wound care docs are trained to look at causes of wounds and not start illogical treatments. ...Read more

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How can you make sure that an open cut does not become a scar?

You can't : All cuts heal with scar tissue. What the scar ultimately looks like depends on the cut: how deep it was, where it is, the direction of the cut and how it was treated (if deep enough it needs suture). It also depends on the patient: skin color hereditary. Once it heals you can massage scar avoid sun. Topical silicone treatment may help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for c-section scars to completely heal? Can they re-open?

How long does it take for c-section scars to completely heal? Can they re-open?

Weeks: Scars achieve the majority of their healing potential by 6 weeks from the time of repair of the incision. However, this time could be prolonged if you have health problems which would delay healing. A scar is never as strong as uninjured/normal skin. It is possible for a scar to reopen, but after six weeks this is very unlikely without significant stress to the scar. ...Read more

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I was told I have to get open anti reflux surgery just wondering what to expect. Also how large will the scar be?

GI or bladder reflux: Gastro-esophageal reglux can ofet be repaired by a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach. Bladder reflux in a fifty-year old would likely be un-necessary. Could quite possibly be corrected by injection of duflux if patient is a child. Suggest you get a second opinion, which ever type of reflux is present. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had singles last year. The scars are now bleeding. Can they open harmlessly or am I getting the infection again?

I had singles last year. The scars are now bleeding. Can they open harmlessly or am I getting the infection again?

If you had shingles: then you may get reactivation of that virus again any time your immune system is weaker from another infection or other health reasons. If the scars from the viral infection bleed, though, you may have some other issue such as a bacterial suprainfection. Go see a healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis/ treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more