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Hi Doctor, what is the best way to remove the self-harm scars on my left upper arm near my shoulder? (photo)

These scars as seen from the photo attached are from when I self-harmed around 3 years back. I've tried scar removal gels and bio-oil as well as silicone sheeting but they still remain visible and they take a toll on my self-esteem. It makes me self-conscious and I've been searching for options to reduce/remove them. How should I go about doing so? I've heard about microneedling, will it help? Or any laser treatments?

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Fractional co2 laser for cutting scars

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Self harm scars are usually hyperpigmented and very hard to improve. Treatments include the fractional co2 laser to resurface the scars. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Hi Doctor, what is the best way to remove the self-harm scars on my left upper arm near my shoulder?

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Micro needling could slightly improve but as with any laser therapy it would take multiple sessions. Also consider excisional repair.. Good Luck..//

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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