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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Why do you cut?: Don't know the specific reasons that you cut. Someone who feels empty inside may cut to feel "something". Someone who is hurting emotionally may cut so that the physical pain will distract them. Some cut to punish themselves. One may cut in the belief that they will let out negativity or evil. Regardless of why you use cutting to cope it is unhealthy. Please obtain professional mental health care. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified
11 years in practice
93K people helped
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Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

Cicatrix is also known as Scars. A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
54M people helped
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What to do if I am feeling scarred by my childhood?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
54M people helped
What to do if I am feeling scarred by my childhood?

Scarred: It is best that you speak to a psychotherapist or psychiatrise to help you resolve yourproblems ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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11 years in practice
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Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
11 years in practice
93K people helped
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Treating Scarring (Tip)

Treating Scarring

Co2 fractional ablation works great on acne scarring. ...See more

Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
11 years in practice
93K people helped
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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

If you smoke, stop. Smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Cindy Williams
Board Certified, Pediatrics
34 years in practice
737K people helped
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
31M people helped
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What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
31M people helped
What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

Wound Healing: Compared with nonsmokers, smokers have a higher incidence of unsatisfactory healing after face-lift surgery, as well as a greater degree of complications following breast surgery. Smokers should be advised to stop smoking prior to elective surgery or when recovering from wounds resulting from trauma, disease, or emergent surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
11 years in practice
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Dr. Bauback Safa
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
15 years in practice
57K people helped
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What is involved in revising a scar?

Dr. Bauback Safa
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
15 years in practice
57K people helped
What is involved in revising a scar?

Excision: Scar revision usually involves excising the scar and re-closing the area in layers. Deep sutures are typically used to provide dermal support which minimizes scarring. Also, depending on the location and orientation of the scar, the surgeon may decide to perform local tissue rearrangement (such as a z-plasty) to better conceal a scar. Post-operative scar management is also important. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
34 years in practice
1M people helped
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Why do scars get darker?

Dr. Zahid Niazi
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
34 years in practice
1M people helped
Why do scars get darker?

Multiple factors: Scars can get darker in people following a recent surgery or injury and a/ unprotected exposure to sun. B/ hormonal imbalance in some patients due to disease or side effect of medication. C/ darker skinned people - fitzpatrick skin types 5 & 6 and sometimes 4. D/ infections/chronic irritation of site can also induce darker scars to form. ...Read more

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Dr. Clark Schierle
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
13 years in practice
191K people helped
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How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

Dr. Clark Schierle
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
13 years in practice
191K people helped
How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

Scar Treatments: Depending on how old they are you may benefit from bleaching creams, steroid injections, silicone gel, lasers or additional surgery. Consult with a physician who specializes in scarring to discuss the best options for you. ...Read more

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