Can Old Scars from Teen Years Be Removed?

Example: a scar from a bike accident. I cant wear shorts because of these scars

Doctor Answers 5

Yes, your scars can be treated.

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Depending on your scars, there are many possible choices for treatment. However, a clinical exam would really be required to let you know all the possibilities for your individual case. Lasers, Dermabrasion, Surgical Excision, etc can be used. However, you are never going to be able to make them disappear completely - just make improvements.

I hope this is helpful.

Scars can be changed but never removed.

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Once a scar forms, it's there for life.  Scar revisions can improve the appearance or location of a scar but never elimiate it.  Any scar revision has some uncertainty of outcome.  A thoughtful plastic surgeon should help you with the best options.

Old scars can usually be helped

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There are a number of techniques that can be used on old scars to make them less noticeable. The question is which might be of the most benefit to you. You really need to have the scars examined by a qualified surgeon to find out your options here.

Best Regards.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

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Treatment options for scars from bike accident

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Hello Berbickts,

Depending on what type of scar you have you will probably have at least a couple options. Given the different specialties - surgical revision, excision, laser, etc. it will pay to have multiple consultations. You may get completely different answers, but having options in your case will be important as there may not be one "best" treatment.

We have some very specific experience using q-switched laser treatments for "road rash", the black scars left when traces of pavement get embedded in the skin.

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Teen scars

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There are many ways to treat scars.  They can be treated with lasers for color issues, they can be revised surgically to possibly make them less noticeable. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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