Q&A: How could I decrease the look of the scar on my face from a birthmark removal?
posted on 2/5/2015
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I have a scar from a birthmark removal on my face I would like to know how I could decrease the look of this scar and the scar also has pigmentation on it I think it's from the birthmark that left some spots from it- Nada
--Steven M. Lynch, M.D., F.A.C.S.
This is a very good question, and one that's not always so simple to answer. Scars after birthmarks could darken because there's some residual pigmentation left, or they may have widened because when we have things removed in our youth, the scars tend to be wider then when we have things removed when we're older. While it's possible to improve scars with topical agents, often times these scars need to be surgically treated and modified by a plastic surgeon in order to minimize the appearance. Your best chance of getting the most favorable result would be to schedule a meeting with a qualified plastic surgeon, and see what the options specific to you truly will be.
--Verne Weisberg, M.D., F.A.C.S.
--Alan B. Brackup, MD
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