I have scars that left stitch marks on the left forehead & left (mildly fractured) hand. What would you recommend? (photo)
Doctor Answers 1
There are a variety of treatments available to help improve the appearance of your scars. We typically recommend a combination approach, using multiple treatment modalities to help you achieve the best cosmetic result.
Thick, raised scars can benefit from injections of steroids directly into the scar itself - with serial injections, this can soften and flatten the scar. Sometimes, we will combine other medications with the steroids to increase their effect. Vascular lasers can help reduce the redness of some of these scars, while skin resurfacing lasers will help improve their color and texture with time. Lastly, in some of your depressed scars could potentially benefit from injection of dermal fillers, which would help temporarily improve the contour of the skin and get rid of shadowing.
Please see a dermatologist with extensive experience in cosmetic and laser surgery for best results. In the interim, I would also recommend that you start using excellent sun protection, as sun exposure will worsen any pigment changes at these sites. Good luck!
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.