I have an old atrophic scar on my left cheek 1 cm from the corner of the mouth, it has been there for over 15 years, I was told by my dermatologist that complete disappearance can't be obtained and we can only improve its appearance, so what would be the best option/s for me?
15 Year Old Atrophic Scar On Face. Options?
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Your dermatologist is correct but without a photo or face to face examination it is impossible to say what should be done in your case. Scars become visible because of unfavorable position, color, texture or topography differences between the scar and surrounding normal skin. Atrophic means loss of normal skin elements. At the extreme end of the atrophic spectrum the only solution is excision of the scar.
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Depending on what the condition of the scar, there may be a few options to help improve its appearance. Unfortunately, scars cannot be undone but they can be minimized so that they are less noticeable to the naked eye. Scars are noticeable for a few reasons: 1) color difference 2) texture and 3) unevenness (e.g. raised/depression) when compared to the adjacent skin. Please consult with a board certified specialist in the face who can best help you achieve the results you desire.
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