Removing Red Scar from Sunburn on Nose Tip?

I had bad sunburn on my nose about 15 yrs ago, and it formed a scab and I picked the scab over and over, and the result was a red scar. The redness faded gradually, but is still there now at age 27.

After I had a Rhinoplasty 4yrs ago the redness came back, then gradually faded again. Recently I had horrible sunburn and the redness came back bigger. I have not been cleaning the area so dead skin would hide the redness, but is there any type of laser that can fix this?

Doctor Answers (3)

IPL for red nasal skin

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 I would suggest that you have a series of IPL treatments (photorejuvenation) to treat the redness of your nose.  I would also encourage you to become religious about sun screens!

Red scars on the nose from previous injury - pulsed dye laser and ipl

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Red scars can benefit from a combination treatment with IPL and pulsed dye laser, both of which we perform on a regular basis in my office. This will make the redness subside.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Biopsy First

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I would urge you to have a biopsy of this lesion first. It very well might be a basal cell carcinoma. Twenty-seven is not too young to have this all too common malignancy.

This growth might also be an actinic keratosis, in which case cryotherapy or a topical medication such as Carac would be cheaper, at least as effective and most likely cosmetically superior to a laser.

The biopsy itself might serve to remove the troublesome area.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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