Can a punch excision enhance the appearance of a chicken pox scar ? If so, How much does it cost in the U.S ?
How Much Does a Punch Excision Cost?
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Punch Excision is a good choice for a chicken pox scar
Since the walls of a chicken pox scar is so sharply punched out and deep below the surface, other modalities for scars such as fillers, Fraxel, CO2 laser, either do not work very well or are not appropriate.
The punch is taken slightly around the chicken pox scar and a fine suture is placed.
Our office charges $80 for the procedure. I frankly have no idea whether others charge more or less.
Punch excision for chickenpox scar
Certainly a punch excision can effectively be used to treat a chickenpox scar. Punch excisions generally are good for deepers scars such as ice-pick acne scars and chickenpox scars. The punch excision can be followed by laser or chemical resurfacing to blend the treated area into the surrounding skin if needed. Alternatively, you may wish to consider the TCA cross method involving application of a very strong chemical peeling agent to stimulate collagen growth and the filling in of the scar over time (patience would be required in this case, as it would take several months for the scar to fill in).
There is no standard rate for punch biopsies - you will need to ask a few offices in your area of the country for pricing.
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