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I have a deep old scar on my face and I want it removed. What treatment would you recommend? (photo)

I had it when I was a baby. It's called tribal marks. I am now 26 years of age and I don't like it at all.i want to get it removed. It will be great if you can help. Thanks a lot

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Treatment of Facial Scars

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I have a strong interest in the treatment of scarring.  Treatment of facial scars, especially scars in skin of color, can be challenging but very successful  Without actually examining you it would be difficult to make a treatment recommendation.  Most likely, a combination of surgical, injectable, and technology-based treatment would help you get your best results.  I would not expect that a single treatment of any type will provide the maximum desirable correction.  Good Luck!


Nashville Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Scar therapy

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The gold standard for depressed pitting and even crater-type acne, chicken pox, and similar scars is dermabrasion (not micro-dermabrasion) whereby the skin is sand down with a diamond tip burr to the deeper layers leaving a raw surface for about a week before new smooth skin regenerates. Note, this procedure should only be done by a trained surgeon in an operating room not a nurse nor a technician in a spa setting.

Once your wounds are healing then scar therapy may be considered. Although the results of scar therapy vary from person to person and scar to scar, the results are considered permanent.

Not infrequently potential patients avoid surgery because fear of an unsightly scar. To remedy this, I now utilize and formulate compounded topical creams to treat, relieve and minimize scars for each of my patients:

• new scars

• old scars

• surgical scars

• keloid scars

• stretch marks

• hypertrophic scars

• hyperpigmented (dark) scars

• various acne scars, and more...

These scar removal creams contain prescription strength medications each individually known to reduce and/or reverse the scarring process but never before compounded together into one high potency formulation. These medications are added to a base of anhydrous silicone (the most common ingredient in everyday topical scar therapy) and Pracaxi oil, found in the Amazon rainforest and known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Many health insurance plans actually cover the cost of the creams and they can be delivered directly to the patients door step. In other words, no need for multiple trips to the doctor for expensive and painful laser treatments, or wasted money on minimally effective over-the-counter topical scar therapy gels or silicone sheets that are unsightly and/or fail to stay on. Instead, with just two applications a day my patients now perform scar therapy in the comfort of their own home.  Glad to help.

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Tribal Marks on Face / Scar Revision

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I had a following of patients when I was training in NYC who i treated with scar revision followed by Fraxel laser treatments.  It worked unbelievably well.  Its a process and I typically do one side first with surgical removal, see how it heals and then complete the other. I would gladly see you in the office.  Nothing with get rid of the scars completely, but will get make them less noticeable.  You can email me directly for a photo of a patient I did not to long ago.  I wish you the best, Dr. Emer. 

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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