Removing Scars From Self-Inflicted Wounds? (photo)

About 2 years ago I had self inflicted a large wound. I had cut before but not this deep (and did not realize how sharp and deep it would end up) it was deep enough to need stitches but i was to afraid to tell my parents so i just kept it bandaged for a few months. Now i would like it gone. I know i can go to a doctor or dermatologist but i would like to try over the counter first. Also if someone could tell me what type of scar this is

Doctor Answers (2)

Cutting scars on the arms and legs


Sometimes cutting scars occur.  I have had great results with selective fractional resurfacing with the CO2 laser for these scars. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Scar Removal


The first issue is what constitutes a good scar.  All scars start out red, become raised like a pleat in a pair of pants, termed a healing ridge. and then with time and massage, flatten and fade to a white line.  They may stretch somewhat and that depends on the location and stretch forces at that location.  

Your scar is white and appears flat.  You are very lucky.  I don't know that it didn't come from a mole excision.

You have several options.  First of which is do nothing.  Second consider a local scar revision performed under local anesthesia which may provide you ultimately a thinner scar.  But, you will always have a scar.

Roger J. Friedman, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
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