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What scar treatments are available?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Scar treatments include creams, injections, laser therapy, and surgical excision. Most commonly used creams and sprays include: Vitamin E, onion extract, and silicone . Steroid injections with kenalog may be useful to decrease collagenase activity and reduce the thickness of collage. Laser therapy may include YAG or Yrbium lasers to reduce pigmentation and redness from blood vessels (telangiectasia). Finally, surgical excision on hypertrophic and widespread scars may be useful.
Tara Whitworth
Nursing
There are several treatments for scars, depending on what your scar looks like. Treatment options may include topical creams, cortisone injections, tissue fillers, or scar revision procedures.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are topical prescriptions, like creams with silicone, which may reduce the thickness of scars. Cortisone injections might also help. When a scar is indented, a doctor can use soft tissue fillers, like collagen, to fill out the area, but these injections must be repeated periodically. Dermabrasion can be used to "sand" the layers of skin and make it more even. The scar most likely won't disappear completely, but its appearance should be reduced.

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