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Can bio oil reduce chicken pox scarring?

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Dr. Kenneth Dembny
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Chicken pox scar tx

Chicken pox scars are generally atrophic (depressed).
Bio-oil (and massage) is not likely to be effective for atrophic scars. Atrophic scars can be treated with dermal filler injections, scar excision, or laser resurfacing. The best treatment will depend upon the number and characteristics of the scar(s). A plastic surgeon can help you choose the best treatment option.

In brief: Chicken pox scar tx

Chicken pox scars are generally atrophic (depressed).
Bio-oil (and massage) is not likely to be effective for atrophic scars. Atrophic scars can be treated with dermal filler injections, scar excision, or laser resurfacing. The best treatment will depend upon the number and characteristics of the scar(s). A plastic surgeon can help you choose the best treatment option.
Dr. Kenneth Dembny
Dr. Kenneth Dembny
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Myth but use if help

Many of my patients swear by the benefits of tea tree or bio-oil and so i generally don't dissuade them but there is very little science to support its use.
It is probably the massage, (which we know helps scars) that is used to apply the oil, which is actually providing the improvements observed. Massage with any clean oil 3-4 times a day. Silicon gel trips are morel likely to improve the scar.

In brief: Myth but use if help

Many of my patients swear by the benefits of tea tree or bio-oil and so i generally don't dissuade them but there is very little science to support its use.
It is probably the massage, (which we know helps scars) that is used to apply the oil, which is actually providing the improvements observed. Massage with any clean oil 3-4 times a day. Silicon gel trips are morel likely to improve the scar.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Kenneth Dembny
Massage is more likely to improve raised (hypertrophic) scars compared to depressed (atrophic) scars; and is more effective during the first several months of healing as opposed to when performed much later after the scar has matured.
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