Hypertrophic Scar from Cutting a Growth Near My Eye. What Can I Do? (photo)

I have this raised scar which I think is a hypertrophic scar as opposed to a keloid, because I haven't seen it grow. 4 months ago I had this dark-brown indented spot near my eye which I didn't like. So I thought I would stupidly use a sharp instrument to scrape the surface of that area until the brown came off. I probably scraped off like 1 to 2 millimeter of skin off the surface. 4 months has passed and it is still a raised bump and it's still red. Is there anything I can do to diminish it?

Doctor Answers 2

Scars near the eye from surgery

The red scar near the eye will benefit from pulsed dye laser to calm the scar process and improve the visibility of the scar.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertrophic scar near the eye: What to do?

Scraping off the skin in this manner will lead to a scar as wide or wider than the injured area.  An elliptical scar revision following natural skin tension lines in this area would like give a good result.  We actually make incisions in this area for tear drain surgery and once closed, they fade away nicely.  You appear to have very smooth skin and may have a thin scar that can appear red for several months, but will likely fade in time.

Matheson A. Harris, MD
Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon
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