I have attached a photo of my thyroidectomy scar. It formed a keloid (I believe from intense irritation after radioactive iodine). I had some injections and now the texture is awful, although it is finally flat. I have recieved multiple IPL laser treatments. I am now considering scar revision or additional laser treatments (Fraxel?). What do you recommend and how can I see improvement on this? By the way this is a 14-15 month old scar and still very red. I am 30 years old and depressed over this
Scar Revision or Laser? Nebraska and Iowa?
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Neck scars can be improved with vascular laser
A vascular laser works best for this type of scar. Surgery may increase your chance of recurrence. Surgery90210. I have treated many of these with a combination laser, IIT, and surgical reexcision.
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Laser treatment for red scar
Pulsed dye laser treatment would likely reduce the redness of the scar. Multiple treatment sessions are typically needed for best results. Non-ablative fractional laser treatment such as Fraxel would also be expected to provide some benefit. I would start with pulsed dye laser given the red color.