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Question: Scar Treatment


 speakerbox - Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:02 pm

Hello,

In May of 2009 I decided to try and remove a mole on my chest that I had been trying to remove using natural remedies. I purchased some ointment on the internet name Bio-T which claimed that it would only affect the mole and not the skin surrounding it. I went ahead and purchased the cream and really didn't think of the potential consequence.

After a few weeks the mole turned into a large scab and fell off how-ever now I've been left with a hideous scar that is probably four or five times larger then the original mole. Since it healed I have been applying creams to it daily. I started with some Scarzone cream then moved to Maderma. I also used a 12 week supply of silicone scar patches which did improve it some.

I'm wondering what else I can do. I've gone to see a plastic surgeon to have a scar revision done but the surgeon said that the revision would look worse that it does now. I want to get another opinion because I don't trust the surgeon; I think he didn't want to do it and wanted to get the easy 100 dollar consultation fee.

Anyway, the scar is located on my chest and it's about the size of a quarter. It's roughly one year old now. I was thinking of maybe doing some type of chemical peel to help it's appearance but i don't want to make things worse.

Images of the scar can be viewed below.
Image 1: http://i36.tinypic.com/14ue0aw.jpg
Image 2: http://i35.tinypic.com/mkb047.jpg
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:47 am

User avatar Hello,Keloids and hypertrophic scars are somewhat synonymous except in that the keloid generally extends beyond the injury area.This generally happens only in predisposed in response to skin injury.This is more common in the blacks.Ears,front chest,shoulders are common areas of involvement.
Cryotherapy,excision followed by radiotherapy,silicone gels,lasers,intra leisional steroid injections,external application of potent steroids have all been used as treatment with varying results.Minimization of skin tension after suturing,and infection control are the preventive methods is susceptible individuals.Interferon therapy,imiquimod,tacrolimus application are the newer therapies.
Best wishes.

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