Philadelphia and Mainline Center of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

How long should I wait before considering an abrasion healed and the resulting discoloration a scar?

[2011-09-14 22:28:44 - Kristin from Philadelphia]: My sport causes a large number of abrasion, how long should I wait before considering an abrasion healed and the resulting discoloration a scar?
[2011-09-19 10:53:05 - Dr. Ringpfeil]: An abrasion can take 10-14 days to heal, rarely even 3 weeks.

Treating scars left from previous surgeries

[2011-08-26 07:13:47 - JM2 from Bala Cynnwyd]: I have scars from previous cosmetic surgeries (liposuction). Is there a form of laser surgery that would effectively remove or lighten these scars? They are not raised. Thanks!
[2011-09-01 14:29:47 - Dr. Ringpfeil]: Most scars improve without any additional help over time showing their final appearance by about 2 years. Laser treatments can remove the red color from most scars regardless of their age and can be performed as soon as 2 weeks after a procedure. The average number of treatments needed ranges from 2-6 and they are typically spaced 4 weeks apart. However you should keep in mind that redness will have faded naturally from most scars by 6 months. If a scar is darker than the surrounding skin, and the darkness is predominantly due to a brown pigment deposition, treatment can be very difficult.

What to do with scars that healed but do not go away

[2011-08-20 01:54:30 - sincere carter from Mainline]: I have some healed scars on my legs but the scars won't go away I've tried everything can u help me
[2011-09-02 09:44:23 - Dr. Ringpfeil]: By definition, a scar is a permanent reminder of an injury that our body has sustained. In the skin, it occurs after an injury that affects the border between the upper layer of the skin (epidermis) and the lower layer of skin (dermis). Injuries that are contained within the upper layer of the skin do not form scars. When the skin has not been traumatized from the outside but from acne breakouts or other rashes that cause severe inflammation in the lower layer of the skin, pigment changes could occur in the affected area. These changes are called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. They can last many months and rarely years. Many people confuse the latter with scars because they take so long to resolve. Modern technology has turned around treatment for scars. Significant improvement can now be achieved in many scars with the use of several lasers and other treatments. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can also be tackled. Please set up an evaluation so that we can tailor a treatment regimen to your needs.

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