Getting rid of arm scars from self harm

  • santo
  • London, UK
  • 4 years ago

So.. when I was a teen I had a physical breakdown and I did something I regret a lot today - I cut myself. Now I've got around 20 different size scars on my arm, and I always cover it as I don't want people to look at it, ask questions etc.

As you can see on the picture scars aren't that deep as skin was cut with sharp razor. The biggest one is about 8mm wide and 5cm long. I was wondering what kind of procedure should I get to remove it, and what is the cost in UK.

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I've got over 20 scars on my left arm and I'm only 12 and all my friends are angry and sad for me and they are telling me what to do. I tell them to back off and won't. I don't know how to get ride of them and my mum doesn't know and I can't stop cutting myself, I'm uses to it.
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I have 8 scars on my left forearm from a bout with major depression 10 years ago. They remind me everyday of the horrible time I went through. I had treatments at a place with a Beautytek machine (micro current technology), and the sessions did wonders. They were deep cuts, the scars were raised and white but they were starting to flatten, fade and decrease in size after about 12-14 treatments. Unfortunately I had to move from the area and discontinue treatments but if there was a place in my area with that machine I would sign up in a heart beat.
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I was a self harmed many years ago and have had scars similar to the picture for 20 years. Every summer I dread trying to cover them without overheating because I can't bear for people to see them and know what I have done. I suppose I am worried about the judgements they may make. Anyway, I had my first fraxel laser treatment last week and am hoping that with a few more, they may become less obvious or at least easier to cover.
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How's it now? Have you tried any recommendations here so far? Or any remedies you looked forward to?
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Arms are slowly healing from last treatment, next treatment on same area is in about two weeks, arms are quite red but this is fading slowly, am keeping them well moisturised, Arms still looking improved. In the past all I used was double base moisturiser a dermatologist recommended. I tried Bio oil for a while too, I had camouflage makeup from red cross but for the extent of area it wasn't suitable.
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hello, I see this an older thread but wanted to share my experiences, I self harmed very badly for 6 years on both upper and lower arms and the top of my legs, the scars now are for most part are white and the skin very uneven from repeated damage, I never thought I would stop but managed it I am in a much more happier calmer place in my life in recent years, so I endeavoured on going to see a dermatologist and have now started treatment to reduce the scars, I had no luck on the NHS. I have had TCA applied to top of my fore arms, the down time and specialist aftercare for this was intense plus it's quite a large area, the result was a deep peel, I am about to have another TCA application, signs so far are promising, the skin is becoming more even, I will also be having some dermaroller treatments at a later date. fingers crossed it creates a outcome I'm happy with it will be several months before I see the result as lots more treatments needed yet and long recovery time between them.
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God, I seriously have to thank you. I have scars like those in the picture myself, Im 22 now, and its been about 6 years since I self harmed. It really was the worst thing I could ever have done, its affected my confidence no end, from relationships to work. I feel as though I've gotten a lot better mentally, but people are quick to judge when they see the scars. So I've been searching online for a long time, especially the last few weeks, and tonight I decided to try again, and then I finally see a new post here from you!!! Thank you so much, its so good to know that something can be done for them, even if its only a little bit, because for years Ive just heard the same aul stuff. White scars are the worst. My doctor also recommended the dermatologist to me, because I go anyway for acne, so we're hoping I might be able to get some kind of pigmentation injections or something, anything would be good!! Thanks again, I really hope your scars get better, keep us posted! :)
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thank you, shall keep you all posted how things go, like you it's something I wish I'd never started but at the time I was not thinking how it would affect me in the future, as I didn't think I had one I was so unwell. I'm optimistic about this treatment as things are looking promising, I am writing a blog about my experiences in the hope it will help others as I couldn't find anything on the internet in relation to the treatment I'm having, thehealingharmer.blogspot.co.uk hope it's of interest. I hope you can find something to reduce the appearance of your scars.
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Jesus, I've just started reading your blog on April......I'm only as far as boiling the kettle to make tea, and jesus you're so right haha. I was in hospital myself a few times, long periods too, and I cant stop laughing at how true even making a cup of tea is like freedom or something! I remember getting home myself time after time, and being aloud to make a cup of tea whenever you wanted....was like moving away from home for the first time and throwing big house parties til crazy hours!! I also agree, that hospital can feel like a bit of a safe haven, away from the world, but just as you said, "change the scenery..." ! Eventually I had to tell myself, this is no place to be in, and only for a brilliant psychologist who took me on over a year ago, I'd still be in and out. Will keep reading, and stop talking haha. Thanks for sending me the link!
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Thanks for sharing :) be great to get an update once you have had more treatments. I'm going to try steroid injections in July which I managed to get on the NHS so I'll post on here how that goes. I think if I can jist get them a little flatter it will be easier to hide with make up. Anyway good luck with the rest of your treatment and I hope you get the results you are after :)
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best of luck with your injections be interested to hear how it goes, hope you get result your after :-)
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Whoevers reading this , please help me !! I cut myself earlier this year . & the scars are still there . They are bumpy & pinkish & white & shiny . & I regret cutting so much ... I've tried aloe vera some scar creams from rite aid ice olive oil & nothings worked . I'm also kind of white so their really noticeable . I don't wanna tell my mom because she'll think I'm trying to kill myself & I'm not . But please please help me ...
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Hello! I know this is older but if anyone out there is still reading this... I have old scars much like the picture posted above. They cover an area about 10inches by 6inches on the inside of my arm. They look like exactly what they are and I want them gone. They're faded and light/shiny. Some of them which should have had stitches are bulky and raised. Anyone know a way to get ride of them? I'm looking for anything from creams to laser removal (prices and recommendations would be great too). I've tried healing patches which work well but as a working professional I'm looking for a little more now.
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Hi, I have 10 year old scars and a while ago I had treatments at a place with a "Beautytek" machine and my scars on my left forearm (they were deep, quite raised and white) decreased in size and started to fade and flatten. That was after 12-14 treatments at about $75 a pop. If I hadn't moved away from the area, I would have continued with the treatments and perhaps they would be hardly visible. After a horrible bout of major depression, anxiety and paranoia to mention the least, these scars remind me everyday of what I went through. As a professional now, I've tried to brave it out and have a "who care's what people think anyways" attitude but always end up putting on my sweater that I brought along just in case. I'm going to see a plastic surgeon soon but I must say, I had really good results with the Beautytek treatments and if there was one in my area I'd be signed up in a heart beat!
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Hello I was wondering as this was 4 years ago if you had found a solution? I'm in exactly the same position with very similar self harm scars... I have tried bio oil, silicone patches and make up without any luck. The doctor won't give me steroid injections, laser treatment or plastic surgery on the NHS and I want to talk to someone who has tried this before shedding a load of money out incase it doesn't work.
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tell your Mom. Cutting is a form of stress relief for a lot of kids. Releases endorphins. Need to tell Mom so she can call and get you free therapy. You'll learn how to cope with anxiety and depression in healthier ways. Some kids learn to hold a cold ice cube when they have urge to cut...lots of solutions. First you have to reach out and tell parent, teacher, or best a school counselor. Good luck and God Bless
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CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME I CUT MY ARM BUT REGRET DOING IT I DID IT FOR STUPID REASON NOT THAT I WANT TO KILL MYSELF BUT TRIED IT BECAUSE MY UNTIES BROTHER DIED FOR DOING IT AND I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IT FELT LIKE AND AM A AGE THAT IS REALLY YOUNG BELLOW 12 ND 13 THEY DIDNT BLEED THEY ARE NOW JUST RED PINKISH AND I REALLY DONT WANT TO SHOW MY MOM SHES GONNA THINK AM TRYING TO KILL MY SELF BBUT AM NOT AND MY MOM IS ONE OF DOES MOMS THAT YELL ALOT SO I REALLY DONT WANT TO TELL HER OR SHOW HER . MY CUTS ARENT THAT BAD THERE NOT SO LIKE CUT REALLY BAD BUT WHEN I TOUCH THEM I FEEL BUMPS ARE THEY BAD I PRAYED TO GOD TELLING HIM TO PLEASE GET RID OF THEM . SO SOMEONE PLEASE HELP AND I STILL HAVE SCHOOL WHAT IF MY TEACHER OR SOMEONE SEES THEM AM JUST SO SCARED AND DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO CAN SOME PRETTY PLEASE HELP ME !!! AM IN NEED
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first you are young and you accept the problem and that's the main concern , second the scars will take time to get better , to start try scar creams , but vitamin e and coco butter , almond oil and olive oil 4 times daily , time zone 6 month to one year to become better , about your mother yes she will be angry and with time she will see them and she will get angry and you have to program your self that you will get that out of your system her anger is out of fear for you and your futures but she will she that to you ,I am a mother ang gave my daughter a hard time , just to make sure she don't do it again , I even montered her body for few month and even she needed psychology care to figure out why she did it , your main problem is the school if the kids or teacher sees it they will give you hard time , hard enough that my daughter had to change school as they started to avoid her and group around her back , so try to keep it hidden the first 6 month , from friends and teachers , also the sun as it will be very obvious if it get exposed . as for your mother choose a good time in few weeks and start talking about your cousen who died , and ask her about him , then tell her exactly what you said here , and tell her you did not know it will leave a scar , be brave face it first
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Nobody should be angry at you. It helps to speak to someone, i spoke to a doctor first as they didnt pass any judgement on me :)
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if your response to your daughter hurting herself is to 'give her a hard time' you're a shit person. That doesn't stop people from cutting- it makes them feel ashamed and anxious and more likely to find subtle ways to self harm. If cutting could be stopped by yelling or shaming people literally no one would cut. You should be ashamed of yourself honestly, and apologize to your daughter for hurting her when she was vulnerable.
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I think Plasty means Lorena Oberg Skin Clinics in London. They are very well known for these sort of treatments.
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Apply lemon juice on the healed scar and vitamin e oil twice a day ur scar wil fade soon ..
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Hi
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Coconut oil also helps
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Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids(AHA) which help to remove dead skin cells, help new cells grow, and bring back some elasticity to the skin. As a natural bleach, it can help lighten scars. @angelicamason, i've heard invicible is pretty effective on scars. It's hypoallergenic , you can try it
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