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Any good tips for scar removal?

Any good tips for scar removal?

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! ...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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What are methods of scar removal?

What are methods of scar removal?

Revising scars: Scars cannot be removed but often can be improved and minimized. If it is only a month or two following surgery, laser treatments can help. There are several methods of scar revision surgery, depending on the location and nature of the scar. There are some experimental drugs that may prove to be very useful in minimizing scars but none are available at the present time. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

If you smoke, stop. Smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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What is the outcome for scar removal?

What is the outcome for scar removal?

Many factors decide: Your result will depend on area treated, proper wound care, carefully suturing under the skin surface and on top with careful alignment. Amount of tension of closure and amount of movement will often impact the final result. Very important to minimize irritation and keep the site moist after surgery. Consult a physician that performs revisions for the specifics. ...Read more

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What are some good lotions for scar removal?

What are some good lotions for scar removal?

Not "removal!": Sorry, but no lotion can remove a scar. Scars can be improved, however, by massage, and several different products have been tested and are known to help. Cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and a commercial product called Mederma all will help smooth and flatten scars and speed the reduction of redness. It is firm massage that matters, though, not which of these you use (once your surgeon says it is OK!) ...Read more

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What is the best cream to use for scar removal?

What is the best cream to use for scar removal?

None REMOVES!: Scars are permanent and cannot be removed or eliminated by any surgeon or technique presently in existence. There are scar pads (silicone sheets) and topical products that can help to reduce the severity of scarring, and lasers can reduce redness, but nothing actually removes scars but cutting them out and replacing them with a new (perhaps better) scar. ...Read more

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What kind of scar removal cream can I use on long scar?

What kind of scar removal cream can I use on long scar?

Improve not remove: There is no scar cream that will remove a scar. The proper cream depends on the condition of the scar. Most consist of silicone geeks mixed with some sunblock. Others contain vitamin e, antioxidants, onion extract (me derma), steroids, bleaching agents, moisturizers, etc. The effectiveness of these other agents is debated and their benefits may depend on the individual characteristics of the scar. ...Read more

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What is the best case scenario for scar removal by plastics guy?

What is the best case scenario for scar removal by plastics guy?

Improval: Scars can often be improved or made less visible with scar revision surgery but cannot be removed. Scar treatments can include laser or sanding (dermabrasion) or perhaps surgical revision. Surgery is usually done to reduce the overall amount of scar or to reshape or reposition a scar. There is no way to completely remove a scar however. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for scar removal or lightening them?

What are some home remedies for scar removal or lightening them?

Yes a few options: Yes, but in the meantime consider avoidance of sun exposure with sunscreens, topical elastic gel sheeting, scar massage, and pressure therapy. If the scar continues to grow beyond 6 weeks, consider steroid injections. Also consider e use of skin bleaching agents for hyperpigmentation scars. Ultimately surgery may be necesssary. ...Read more

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How does laser scar removal work?

How does laser scar removal work?

Laser Scar removal: There is no such thing as laser scar "removal" but only laser scar improvement... There is no laser that can "erase" a scar, but only improve its quality (redness, thickness)... Consult a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scar Revision (Definition)

Various techniques including surgical revision, steroid injection, and abrasion, meant to improve the appearance and/or ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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