Is there any way to fix the chicken pox marks on the face?

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Scar therapy

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The gold standard for depressed pitting and even crater-type acne, chicken pox, and shingles scars is dermabrasion (not micro-dermabrasion) whereby the skin is sand down with a diamond tip burr to the deeper layers leaving a raw surface for about a week before new smooth skin regenerates. Note, this procedure should only be done by a trained surgeon in an operating room not a nurse nor a technician in a spa setting.
Once your wounds are healing then scar therapy may be considered. Although the results of scar therapy vary from person to person and scar to scar, the results are considered permanent.
Not infrequently potential patients avoid surgery because fear of an unsightly scar. To remedy this, I now utilize and formulate compounded topical creams to treat, relieve and minimize scars for each of my patients:
• new scars
• old scars
• surgical scars
• keloid scars
• stretch marks
• hypertrophic scars
• hyperpigmented (dark) scars
• various acne scars, and more...
These scar removal creams contain prescription strength medications each individually known to reduce and/or reverse the scarring process but never before compounded together into one high potency formulation. These medications are added to a base of anhydrous silicone (the most common ingredient in everyday topical scar therapy) and Pracaxi oil, found in the Amazon rainforest and known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Many health insurance plans actually cover the cost of the creams and they can be delivered directly to the patients door step. In other words, no need for multiple trips to the doctor for expensive and painful laser treatments, or wasted money on minimally effective over-the-counter topical scar therapy gels or silicone sheets that are unsightly and/or fail to stay on. Instead, with just two applications a day my patients now perform scar therapy in the comfort of their own home. Glad to help.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Chicken pox scars.

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Chicken pox scars are depressed and below the plane of the skin. Sometime they can be surgically removed, which will still leave you with a scar, but the scar will be in the plane of the skin and may look better.

John Newkirk, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon

Facial Chicken Pox Scars....There is a way...

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Thanks for the question. This is actually one of the most common types of facial scars we see here at our Clinic in Ottawa. As you know, chicken pox scars can be deep, irregular and even show discoloration. It can be very concerning to people, especially when the rest of your skin looks so great. 

The goal of treating these scars is to minimize their appearence without making things worse. Like anything in medicine/surgery, "First do no harm." 

The treatment depends on your skin type. If you have light skin, your options are much larger than those with darker skin. Its an unfortunate reality we all face, however there are great options for those even with the darkest of skin. 

Options include non-ablative laser treatments like laser genesis to help get the red out and flatten the surrounding depression so the scar doesn't look so obvious. People also benefit from chemical peels that can help smooth the surrounding skin. Deeper chemical peels can make a big difference as well, however the risk is higher. 

Perhaps the best treatment is fractionated laser treatments, with the best being the ablative kind. This will really help your skin, however there is downtime. 

Finally, if there is a VERY bad scar, rarely excision is performed as this trades one scar for the next. 

But to summarize, there are great options for you. 

James Bonaparte, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Ottawa Facial Plastic Surgeon
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