What procedure would help treat the upper lip scar from a dog bite? Doctor has recommended Fraxel Laser. (photos)

I was bitten by a dog on the upper lip approx 8 months ago. It left me with a surface irregularity that is causing me a lot of distress. My Dr. Recommended fraxel laser to even border irregularity and blend into surrounding skin. Is there anything else that can help me? Dermabrasion? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 4

Treatment for dog bite scar

The best way to address this scar is with a combination of Vbeam and Fraxel lasers. I would also start a regimen of kenalog and 5FU injections  to reduce the raised portion of the scar. The sooner you get started, the better the results will be. You will need multiple treatments. I hope you feel better soon!

Dr. Groff


San Diego Dermatologist
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Combination of therapies for scars

In my experience the optimal outcome in the treatment of scars comes from a combination of therapies.The Fraxel laser is a good recommendation.Combining the Fraxel with other laser modalities to target redness, and with injections and possibly creams to help soften the scar will give the best result.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Scar on upper lip

The scar on your upper lip can generally be helped with a combination of treatments.  You may benefit from a combination of V-Beam, Fraxel, and intralesional kenalog injections to flatten the scar.  For the best results please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with scars and lasers.

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