Removal of Leg Scars from Skin Grafts?

When I was 13 months old, I was burned with hot scalding water and got 3rd degree burns on both of my legs (knees down). They had to obviously do skin grafts to replace the skin that was burned. Is there any way to help or remove scarring from the skin grafts? They are very large, almost the length of my leg, rectangle-shaped, 2 on one side of my leg, and 3 on the other.

Doctor Answers 2

Skin graft scars can be improved with Melarase and CO2 laser

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Scarring of skin grafts can be improved with a combination of topical creams, Melarase AM and Melarase PM, followed by either fractional CO2 or pulsed dye laser. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Skin graft scars

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This is very hard to treat, as when burns are deep enough to require skin grafts, the process usually removes all the follicles from the area treated (both the burn and the graft site). That removes the source of melanocytes, the pigment producing cells. Sometimes the edges of a scar can be blurred by use of the Fraxel laser, but that won't make a difference in a large white graft scar. Sometimes, a medical type tattoo can partially match the color, but often doesn't look natural. Unfortunately, this is very hard to treat.

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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