I've ha this scar on my forehead for about a year from a weight hitting my head and I hate it.. it really bothers me a lot and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to get rid of it?
What Can I Do to Get Rid of This Scar on my Forehead?
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The picture submitted shows a moderately hyperpigmented albeit favorably placed horizontal scar, parallel to relaxed skin tension lines (frown lines) If the scar is not significantly depressed, I would suggest use of hydroquinone (bleaching cream) and sunblock (spf > 30). If the scar is depressed or wide, excision and closure may be of benefit. Given the pigmentation in your skin type, I would be cautious with the use of any laser and understand that the possibility of further hyperpigmentation exists with any excisional technique.
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Manual Dermasanding and Medical Microneedling Are Two Effective Ways of Dealing With Scars
Scars may result from injury, trauma, surgery, severe inflammation (such as from nodulocystic acne) or infection (e.g. chicken pox scars). No scar, once fully formed, can be totally erased. But there are a couple of different treatments that I have found extremely effective for improving them.
One technique, known as scarabrasion, is particularly effective for treating relatively fresh scars, i.e. those that have resulted from any of the above processes within the previous three months. Manual dermasanding, which uses what amounts to sterilized, high grade sandpaper, to abrade the surface of the young scar and the surrounding skin (under local anesthesia), when performed within this critical period, may significantly improve the appearance of the scar, and in some instances almost erase it.
For older scars, i.e. those well beyond this critical three month period, I have found medical microneedling to be quite useful. In this procedure, which is performed under local, a roller device containing many fine, almost microneedles, is rolled back and forth over the scar to break it up and to promote the sythesis of fresh, non-scar collagen. Several treatments, spaced at six week intervals, are often required, to significantly improve and fade the scar.
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Most likely the best treatment would be mild CO2 lasering either one or two treatments. Recutting a scar that is going in the right direction and where it will eventually look like a natural line is foolish .Most likely any surgical revision will leave you with essentially the same thing. Laser can get great results the limiting factor is skin tone. The lighter your natural tone the more likely you are to get an even match post-laser. The darker your skin tone the more likely you are to get hyperpigmentation problems. Unless the scar is elevated and/or red and inflammed a steroid shot or silicone sheeting is of no value. You can consider bleaching the hyperpigmented area or use on of the ipl lasers to depigment it
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Thanks for the picture of your scar included in with your question! It shows a slightly hyperpigmented (dark colored) scar located over the middle of your forehead; it is horizontally/transversely positioned and is parallel to relaxed skin tension lines (frown lines) which are normal across your forehead (just raise your eyebrows to see them). The importance of this orientation means that in time it will blend into the normal lines and creases across your forehead and become virtually impossible to see.
If the scar is not significantly depressed, I would suggest use of hydroquinone (bleaching cream) and aggressive use of sunblock (spf at least 30).
However, if the scar is depressed or casts a shadow in certain light, surgical re-excision and meticulous closure by a (facial) plastic surgeon may help fill in the area. Given the pigmentation in your skin type, I would be cautious with the use of any laser as further "injury" to the area (via laser) may cause hyperpigmentation to recur or even worsen.
Hope this helps! BTW, time is your best friend as well.
For dark scars, sometimes its better to wait and watch.
Your scar appears flat but darkly pigmented. A bleaching cream with 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin for several months is probably your best bet. Wish your skin type any type of physical treatment may make it even darker. Time should lighten it as well.
It is difficult to assess from this one picture but it appears hyperpigmented and efforts to bleach the area may be beneficial. If it is red, IPL treatments may also be beneficial. Occasionally dermabrasion may be useful as well.
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Bleaching creams first than if still needs more an IPL laser. I agree NO SUN! Be careful out there from MIAMI Dr. darryl J. Blinski 305 598 0091
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Scars can be revised or lasered but they are permanent. At least yours is sideways on the forehead which is favorable. Time will help - don't get it tan either.