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Is a newly formed 1 mm depth and 3mm width scar (scar by rf treatment for freckle) will fade normally by time, is then how long it will take?

Is a newly formed 1 mm depth and 3mm width scar (scar by rf treatment for freckle) will fade normally by time, is then how long it will take?

Not likely: Scars will generally get worse and remain red for at least 6 weeks before beginning to fade. Using sunscreen and avoidance of tobacco use will help the scar to mature. Vitamins may help to moisturize the wound but will not make it less red. Lasers may be useful for this purpose. ...Read more

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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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Switching scar treatment to mederma. Do I have to wait a period of time before applying the new treatment?

Switching scar treatment to mederma. Do I have to wait a period of time before applying the new treatment?

See package insert: Instructions are included. More importantly, note that mederma and the majority of topical treatment for scars have been shown to have no improvement on normal wound healing, (but it won't hurt.) vitamin e and massage have some very week evidence of benefit. Protection from the sun is the thing that has shown the most benefit- use and reapply good sunblock during the first year of healing. ...Read more

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After r side perc stone removal is it norm2 often get sharp pain in scar, & inside my kidney @op site? Or is it abnormal? Avg healing time?Op-2/14/12

After r side perc stone removal is it norm2 often get sharp pain in scar, & inside my kidney @op site?  Or is it abnormal? Avg healing time?Op-2/14/12

Yes: After any abdominal surgery there usually will be some after pain. Your physician will explain this to you. If you have increasing pain, redness, swelling or other new types of sympton you should be examined. ...Read more

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I had a mole removal surgery and apparently a hidden cyst was removed at the same time. Scar was healing fine, until I noticed string is coming out. What do I do?

I had a mole removal surgery and apparently a hidden cyst was removed at the same time. Scar was healing fine, until I noticed string is coming out. What do I do?

See your doctor: I don't know what this string may be, depends on the color and consistency. Your wound may be infected if it is also red, swollen, and tender. I would have your doctor who removed it take a look at it. ...Read more

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It's been 1 year and I still have acne hyper pigmentation scars about 10% is left. Will it disappear with time and treatment? Glycolic acid peels?

It's been 1 year and I still have acne hyper pigmentation scars about 10% is left. Will it disappear with time and treatment? Glycolic acid peels?

Multiple options: There are many options available for acne scarring. Although Glycolic acid peels might help with hyperpigmentation, I like to use IPL treatments as a first line choice. These can be combined with peels, hydroquinone, and microneedling for further improvement. ...Read more

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I had a few acne scars before and over time they healed. Now I have a few again and they are healing slowly. Can i speed up the healing without lasers?

I had a few acne scars before and over time they healed. Now I have a few again and they are healing slowly. Can i speed up the healing without lasers?

Time, sun avoidance: It really takes time to heal scars. But sun avoidance and use of sunscreens will help prevent worsening of the scars. Lasers can help fade them more quickly, but they're expensive. ...Read more

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Red spot on inner knee healed to a pink red scar has taken 3 months to heal but kept scratching it. Is this normal healing time? melanoma?

Red spot on inner knee healed to a pink red scar has taken 3 months to heal but kept scratching it. Is this normal healing time? melanoma?

Red spot on knee: Healing and scar disappearance does take a long time, months, sometimes up to a year or more or a light residual may remain. Constant scratching is irritating and prevents proper healing. You could try over the counter silicone cream of strips and see if it helps f/u/ w/ dermatologist ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more