How long does punch incision procedure take and the cost? I have many boxcar and icepick scars on my whole face. (photos)
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Asian skin is very sensitive and needs to be handled with care
Asian skin is generally very reactive and sensitive. Be aware that no matter what treatment you get, the possibility of dark patches of skin called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is real. It looks like you have the dark patches already. There are treatments that are VERY effective - have the ability to banish you scars, but can leave you with PIH that you may deal with for months. I am fair light skin Asian and have had treatments that left me with PIH for 8 months. However, PIH can be bleached out slowly and after 8 months, my PIH is gone. In your case, PIH may not be acceptable. Some patients question if the risk of PIH is greater than their agony of living with their scars. Punch excision is not effective when it is in an area of dynamic muscle movement like the cheeks. After punching out the scars with a circular puncher, the skin is sutured and hopefully it stays. Many times, the wounds separate as you smile and talk...then you end up with deeper bigger scars and PIH. When you see a cosmetic doctor, make sure you get to see their work on Asian skin or any other ethnic, lots of before and after photos and all - that way you'll be more confident going in. Good luck.
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