I have several scars on my chest with hypopigmented areas. What is the best treatment to make the lightened parts darker again?
Treatment for Hypopigmented Scars on Chest?
Doctor Answers (2)
Consider scar revision
As opposed to trying to add pigment to a scar, you might be better off considering scar revision. Have your scar evaluated by a good local plastic surgeon and get your options presented to you.
John Di Saia MD
Until melanocyte transfer becomes widely and easily available, the best treatment for this problem is probably the Eximer laser.
It will take a number of visits but, generally this is a successful treatment. However, I would expect noticeable improvement and not total resolution.
Before commencing with this treatment, however, I would advise a visit to a dermatologist, since there may be other causes for this. Among the diagnosis that might be entertained would be Tinea Versicolor ( so-called sun-spots caused by a yeast like organism), vitligo, or even a rare form of mycois fungoides ( a T cell lymphoma of the skin).
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