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

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

Hypertrophic scar near the eye: What to do?

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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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