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How to Remove Head Scars
Head scars can make a person very self-conscious. Highly visible scarring is difficult to cover up, and scars never completely go away on their own. However, with treatment, you may be able to remove most visible signs of scarring. The University of Chicago Medical Center explains that scars can never be fully removed, but treatment will greatly improve the appearance of scars 1.
Apply a tretinoin gel or cream to your head scar for 20 minutes daily, then wash off the product with water. Tretinoin gels and creams are only available by prescription, so you'll need to get a prescription from your doctor beforehand. When applied to the skin, tretinoin products help flatten protrusive scars by gently peeling away hard scar tissue. If your head scarring was caused by acne, mention this to your doctor. A possible side effect of tretinoin is increased acne breakouts.
Undergo dermabrasion therapy at your doctor's office. Dermabrasion therapy uses a rotating brush to scrape away layers of scarred skin. New skin will regrow over the old scar site, reducing the appearance of most surface scars. Though the procedure sounds painful, it is usually no worse than a rubber-band snapping against your skin.
Obtain tissue filler injections at your dermatologist's office. Collagen and fatty tissue fillers can puff out indented scars for a smoother, less noticeable scar site. The injections must be re-administered every 3 to 12 months for optimal results.
Undergo laser treatments. This method is expensive, often costing thousands of dollars, but it is very effective. Laser treatments can precisely target scarred tissue, destroying it and allowing new skin to replace it. Laser treatments reduce scarring with minimal chance of irritating nearby tissue, which is ideal for scars on highly visible portions of the head.
Remove the head scar surgically. When a scar cannot be removed using nonsurgical methods, cosmetic surgeons can remove or relocate the scar. When a scar is removed, the affected area is sutured to create a less-visible surgical scar. This method is very effective, but it is usually not covered by insurance.
- University of Chicago Medical Center: Scars
- “ACTA Dermatological Journal”; Flattening of Atrophic Acne Scars by Using Tretinoin; 2004.
- MayoClinic.com: What's the Best Treatment for Acne Scars?
- Washington University School of Medicine: Cosmetic Surgery – Facial Scar Revision
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