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Hello. What is the good treatment to get rid of scar. I used mederma for 2 days and its make my scar more reddish..

Hello. What is the good treatment to get rid of scar. I used mederma for 2 days and its make my scar more reddish..

Triluma: Hydroquinone is good and usually over the counter. But don't use it for too long. If you want something stronger your doctor can try Triluma. Retin A can work as well. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action.

Good luck! ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but I don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! I looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

How to get rid of acne scars under $100. I have acne scars and have been trying to get rid of it so bad but I don't know what is good for a 15 year old boy! I looked up acid treatment and laser treatment but is unsure about which to pick.

Unfortunately: Unfortunately you will not be able to get rid of acne scars for that amount.

The gold standard for acne scar improvement is fractional laser done multiple times - and that is usuallly between $500 to $800 per session.

If your scars are merely dark areas, you should use a good sunblock all the time and try a few of the dark spot correctors (neutrogena is one) any over the counter treatment will only be minimally effective in correcting discoloration, but if a big issue is dark marks, anything that helps is a plus.

Red marks will eventually resolve on their own if you don't "worry" the skin by picking or using abrasive scrubs.

As for actual scarring that causes a shadow because of the depth, your only solution lies in a medical office.

The big factor to control is your acne to prevent further scarring. If you are still breaking out, most dermatology visits will fall under insurance - as will the topical and oral medications. ...Read more

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Is there any medication/lotion that is good for getting rid of tiny scars from a surgery?

Is there any medication/lotion that is good for getting rid of tiny scars from a surgery?

Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:

1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more

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Is aloe vera gel is good for getting rid of accidental scars? Can you please suggest me some more natural treatments for getting rid of scars?

Is aloe vera gel is good for getting rid of accidental scars? Can you please suggest me some more natural treatments for getting rid of scars?

All scars are a: Nidus of inflammation. Scar deactivation with or without electrical stimulation & scar injection (not steroids) can be very beneficial. This can be performed by most acupuncturists. Take care. ...Read more

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Are chemical peels, lemon juice, potato juice good for getting rid of acne scars? If not, what else?

Are chemical peels, lemon juice, potato juice good for getting rid of acne scars? If not, what else?

See Dermatologist: See a dermatologist

let him/her examine you and advise

to reduce the severity of acne scars - there are various types of creams for long term use, many different types of peels and different types of lasers. ...Read more

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Can scar-removing ointments/treatment still take away scars that are about 9 years old? Is it still possible to get rid of them?

Scar revision: No topical treatments will do anything to a scar that has matured. Depending on where the scar is and the type of scar, laser resurfacing or surgical scar revision may be options for you. ...Read more

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Does the laser treatment completely get rid of scars?

Does the laser treatment completely get rid of scars?

Scar treatment: Depending on the problem with the scar there are treatments to improve them but nothing will completely remove them. I treat pigmented scars with bbl to lighten them, thick scars with fractional laser to soften them, or bad or wide scars with surgery to cut out the scar and re-sew it a more cosmetically pleasing way. The laser approach requires a series of treatments to be effective--often 5-6. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of pimple scars without professional treatment?

What are some ways to get rid of pimple scars without professional treatment?

Improve not remove: Unfortunately there is no way to eliminate scars only improve them. Prevention with good skin care and hygiene and topical and/or oral antibiotics if needed are the best. Once scars are formed, avoiding sun exposure and tobacco use are important to help resolve the scars. ...Read more

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Could there be a home-made treatment to get rid of scars on legs?

Could there be a home-made treatment to get rid of scars on legs?

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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Besides using mederma, is there anything else that my dr could prescribe me to get rid of my shingle scars on my body?

Besides using mederma, is there anything else that my dr could prescribe me to get rid of my shingle scars on my body?

Type of scar: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a hyperpigmented scar, a depression, an ice pick, a cyst, etc. Depending on the diagnosis treatments include: silicone gel sheets or cream, sunblock, bleaching agents, peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, skin needling, camouflage, tattoo, excision, grafting, fillers, fat grafting, puch grafting, soft tissue rearrangement, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to get rid of acne scars?

What is the best treatment to get rid of acne scars?

Acne Scar Treatment: There are a number of options for acne scars depending on their size, shape, depth, and skin type. Laser resurfacing, usually fractional, may help improve the texture of the skin but may require multiple treatments. If there is deep scarring, the scars can be excised or cut out. Subcision, releasing the scar underneath the skin, along with fillers or fat can also improve the skin texture. ...Read more

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What type of laser treatment can get rid of hyper pigmentation scars?

What type of laser treatment can get rid of hyper pigmentation scars?

Scar treatment: CO2 and infrared lasers are used for scar reduction/removal attempt. There are also different types of prescription and over the counter creams/ointments that can help greatly diminish the appearance of scars. Surgical scarring can be reduced with suturing technique as well as treatment during the healing phase. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

Multiple options: Acne scars come in several "flavors." there are ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars and atrophic scars. Acne scars are difficult to treat. There is no "magic bullet." scar excision/revision, injectable fillers/fat, subcision, laser, chem peel, dermabrasion, etc. Many treatments can "improve" the flatness of the scar, and/or texture of the skin, but it will not make your skin flawless. ...Read more

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What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

What's the best spot treatment to get rid of acne marks and scars?

Acne scar treatments: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential therapies include subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion, laser and other treatments, including prp. ...Read more

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My shingles are starting to scab I think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?

My shingles are starting to scab I think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?

About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring. ...Read more

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Is there a face medicine that will get rid of acne while also getting rid of acne scars?

Is there a face medicine that will get rid of acne while also getting rid of acne scars?

Acne meds: Accutane reduces new acne lesions, and seems to reduce the scars, and the color. Antibiotics reduce new lesions, but not scarring. Topical antibiotics the same. Retina seems to speed the healing of acne lesions, benzoyl peroxide also seems to speed the healing, reduces some new lesions, but not treat the scarring. Some will scar more, others less with similar acne. ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne scars with natural treatment?

How to get rid of acne scars with natural treatment?

Scars: There is unfortunately no great treatment for getting rid of scars naturally, however you can try staying out of sun, and using vitamin e oil or mederma. ...Read more

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Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Hard to eliminate: Acne scars are generally not completely removed with topical therapy, athough appearance can be improved with them. ...Read more

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My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment. Is that true?

My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment. Is that true?

See below: That really depends on the type of scars you have. Generally speaking, scars never disappear, but they may look better after laser treatment.
Good luck from NYC ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment?

What do you suggest if my doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment?

Peel vs Laser: Your doctor had the advantage of being able to see the kind and event of scarring your are looking to improve and what your skin type is. Patients with darker skin tones are not idea candidates for laser treatments. Extensive scarring typically will not be significantly improved with just chemical peels. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment right?

Could use your help docs! My doctor told me that I cannot get rid of scars from chemical peel. You have undergo laser treatment right?

Seeing is believing: A doctor who has seen you has more information than we can get from you online. Scars cannot be completely removed. They are how we heal; however, sometimes additional treatment can help reduce a scar. Consult several board certified plastic surgeons in your area, and be realistic about what can be done. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peels and laser treatment to get rid of acne scars?

What is the difference between peels and laser treatment to get rid of acne scars?

Very similar: Both techniques remove the top layers of the skin and are usually limited to epidermis. However most scars occur in the dermis. Peels or laser resurfacing that are used to treat the dermis may have a higher risk of scarring. Newer laser techniques use fractionated or pixelated therapy to avoid a full surface injury. By leaving islands of normal skin intact, healing proceeds faster & with less risk. ...Read more

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I have acne scar and hyper pigmentation. Where do I go to get rid of it and what type of treatment do I ask for?

I have acne scar and hyper pigmentation. Where do I go to get rid of it and what type of treatment do I ask for?

Deramtologist: The vi peel is safe for any color skin and can lighten dark areas in one week. It can be pre treated with bleaching agents containing hydroquinone, kojic acid or coffeberry extract. It will have an effect on scars, but fractionated laser will be required for a long term result for scarring.Either co2 or erbium are affective, but erbium is better tolerated by darker skin types. ...Read more

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How good is vitamin E oil at getting rid of acne scars?

How good is vitamin E oil at getting rid of acne scars?

Not effective: Acne scars are forever. Vitamin e oil in my experience is not good at treating these scars. The most effective means to treat acne scars (there are 3 types of acne scars) is usually to have skin resurfacing with an instrument called fraxel. You will need several treatments and they aren't cheap, but they are among the most effective and safest ways to treat acne scars. ...Read more

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Hi! I would like to find out how to effectively get rid of acne & scars. I've considered laser treatment and phototherapy.

Hi! I would like to find out how to effectively get rid of acne & scars. I've considered laser treatment and phototherapy.

Your best option is: To make an appointment with a Board Certified Dermatologist near you. He/she will be able to evaluate your problem and discuss multiple different options for your management. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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Scars (Definition)

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