Which is more immediate? The scar resulted from a cystic pimple which formed 10 days ago but is no longer active. The scar is soft, red, slightly itchy and painful when massaged. I have been using silicone sheeting nightly, massaging with silicone gel and applying heat compresses. This combination has worked for me in the past. The scar is in a very prominent part of my face so waiting several months for it to reduce in size/flatten is not ideal. I am of Indian ethnicity with fair skin. Thank you for your views.
I have a prominent scar on my face. Should I get a steroid injection/ undertake laser? What are risks?(photo)
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Options for post-pimple redness and induration.
Keloids/Scar -- Fraxel, 5fu/steroids, pulsed dye/vbeam/yellow laser, microneedling/PRP, surgical removal
Newly formed "scar" on face
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Facial scar treatment options
There are many effective options for improving the appearance of scars. After only 10 days, the scar is still in the very early stages of healing and it may be difficult to predict how much improvement you may experience over time. Injections of steroids combined with other agents such as 5 flurouracil can be very effective if done by an experienced physician at the proper time. Topical agents such as silicone may be helpful over time and consistent sun protection is very important to prevent excessive pigmentation. New therapies using retinol are also showing promising results and in some situations light or laser treatment can also help. Be sure to get an evaluation by a physician experienced in these options as well as medical skin care such as a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
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