How to get rid of a purple scar on my nose from a nose piercing I had over 5 years ago? (Photo)

I have a purple scar on my nose from a nose piercing I had over 5 years ago. I got an infection and it never healed back to normal. What can I do to get a rid of it or fade it? I had someone suggest tattoo lazer removal, V beam, and IPL. What would be the best treatment for me?

Doctor Answers 3

Spot on Nose -- Use Pico or Q Switched Laser

This is likely pigmentation and would need resurfacing or pigmented laser treatment, please speak to a well trained laser physician.  Best, Dr. Emer.


Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Piercing Scar

Hi Catlover.  This type of scar is caused by oxidation of the metal under the surface of the skin.  It's likely that the piercing was a metal that turned a greenish color while you had the piercing.  A V-Beam and IPL will not work (we have both) but a q-switched tattoo laser would normally get rid of this type of scar in 1 or 2 treatments.  

To see a case very similar to yours where we removed the pigment in one treatment, please click on the link below.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Purple Scar and V-Beam

The V-Beam is the best way to generally treat this type of scar.  It may take several sessions to restore the color back to normal.  Best, Dr. Green

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