Would fat grafting help 6 week old hypertrophic scarring?

I've developed scarring around my eyes from laser resurfacing. Would fat grafting miminise the actual scar development? I've heard it can improve skin quality. I'm also having vbeam and steriod injections.

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Would fat grafting help 6 week old hypertrophic scarring? (Photo

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The notion that fat grafting would fix hypertophic scarring is anecdotal at best. I have tried it 6-8 times and saw no difference.

Corona Del Mar Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertrophic Scarring

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In my opinion, fat grafting would not improve hypertrophic scarring. Your present therapy of v beam and steroids is an excellent one. If you would like to consider remodeling of the skin, consider PRP injections. In addition 5-fluorouracil and verapamil are also helpful.
Good luck!

Jeffrey Rapaport, MD
Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

6 wks after scar

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Fat grafting may help improve the quality of skin in some conditions. Since your scar is pretty new, it is best to allow it to heal over the next 6-12 months.  Check with your doctor for scar care at this point.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Would fat grafting help 6 week old hypertrophic scarring?

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I would not get too aggressive at 6 weeks post-procedure. You may do just fine with the treatments that you are presently having done. Nonetheless, fat grafting can be very helpful insofar as the fat does bring mesenchymal stem cells into the area. Those stem cells can have a very beneficial effect on the overlying skin.

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