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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

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I seem to have compressed nerve in lower abdomen after C-section by scar tissue. Feel pulling senation. Will it be ok with time? Treatment?

I seem to have compressed nerve in lower abdomen after C-section by scar tissue.  Feel pulling senation. Will it be ok with time?  Treatment?

Nerve pain: You can get nerve irritation near the edges of a horizontal c/s scar. These usually resolve by 3-6 months, but not always. Sometimes the nerve gets "trapped" and compressed by the scar tissue. This usually requires a surgical correction of the problem. ...Read more

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With having amyopathic dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment would work?

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With having amyopathic  dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment  would work?

Lasers for scars: Your question is a little unclear as in rosacea there is not usually acne scars. Perhaps you meant acne vulgaris rather than acne rosacea. Anyway, you would be able in most circumstances to be able to receive laser for the redness of rosacea or laser for acne scars. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for healing facial scars?

Topical treatments: Include silicone gels and daily massage. We have been impressed by a new product called scar recovery gel. More invasive procedures include carbon dioxide laser resurfacing and dermabrasion. ...Read more

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What is the difference between scars and healing areas?

What is the difference between scars and healing areas?

Same thing: All injuries heal with a scar, which is a normal healing process. Occasionally scars develop abnormally and become thick and hard - this is called a hypertrophic scar. A scar that grows beyond the boundaries of the wound is a keloid scar. ...Read more

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Which products can I use to help with the healing of scars?

Which products can I use to help with the healing of scars?

Good nutrition: Some surgeons supplement vitamin c and/or zinc to help with wound healing; the latter is probably borderline in many folks' diets. Nothing you can do will shrink a formed scar, though a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can make them less apparent. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of very light scars?

What is the treatment of very light scars?

Various options: Silicone and Cordran taping can be effective for very light scars. For mature scars, microderm abrasion can also be effective. Use of scaring ointments and creams can be effective as well. ...Read more

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What is maceration when a scar is healing?

Maceration = wet: If you have ever soaked too long in the tub, you may have noticed the skin around the edges of the finder nails turning white. This is maceration, and is caused by too much moisture on the skin. Wounds that are not completely healed may ooze, causing maceration of the surrounding skin. This should not happen with fully healed, mature scars. ...Read more

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Can an antibacterial treatment be done for a scar?

Healed, no tx needed: 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. However, once it isi healed, it should not have any infection and so antibacterial treatments are not needed unless it becomes infected. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more