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madamedefarge
« on: April 17, 2005 01:16:55 PM »

I have some really nasty scars on my leg that have been preventing me from wearing shorts and skirts without stockings for the past eight and a half years.  My dermatologist told me plastic surgery (not the kind with a laser) would get rid of them, but I'm scared this won't work, either (willing to try it, though, if it really is my only option).  They're of the "caterpillar" variety (you'll know if you have any... it looks like a nasty pinkish white bug is crawling on you) and in a spot that's not all that easy to hide.  Other people say they aren't a big deal, but I feel sick every time I look at them.  I know I need to work on that, but maybe if they were less noticeable to me it would be easier.

Does ANYTHING work on old scars?   
   
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005 01:19:28 PM »

there are some lotions that you rub on scars that reduce their appearance if you keep up the use of them. i used my moms for a while, and she used it on her sesection scar. it did work pretty well. im not sure what its called.. dermacare maybe. its on the band aid/gauze type isles.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005 03:45:20 PM »

I gained a bunch of weight at once and ended up with some stretch marks on my boobs Wink which were really awful.  I heard that vitamin E was good for scars and stuff so I got me some to try of the capsule variety.  you just break 'em open and apply the goo where necessary i think like 2 or 3 times a day.  and they are really gooey and gross -- its like rubbing molasses or something on you but it really did work! so i would give that a try before you opt for plastic surgery/laser removal.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005 05:00:25 PM »

Mederma works wonders [and last time I used it it smells yummy too!]

When I was real little I had reaaaallly bad chickenpox, and I didn't scratch them but they still left scars om my forehead. Years later I still have the scars, but reduced them ginourmously by using mederma. [They'd be gone if I actually rememeber to use it every day, haha, but i always forget.]

It's about $20 a tube, I think.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2005 07:11:49 PM »

I have a small scar on my thumb that's a little raised and I'm using these things that Neosporin makes called Scar Solutions. It's a little silicone pad that you wear on your scar 12 hours, and then take it off for 12 hours. One box is about $30.00 but you can get a $5.00 coupon of Neosporin's website. You're supposed to use them for 12 weeks. I've only used it for 2, so I don't notice a difference, but my dermatologist recommended them.

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2005 12:27:19 AM »

I second the Mederma.  I have some scars from chicken pox too and they're much lighter than they used to be and i bet they'd be pretty much gone if i used it everyday.  the only thing is, for me anyway, i get itchy from the mederma (but didnt when i first used it) but it's notthat bad just annoying.
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2005 03:37:24 AM »

i "third" mederma as well. i got some recently for a cat scratch scar (it was more of a cut and needed four stitches) and now only i can tell where the "scar" is. but it's expensive, mine cost about 30 bucks. however, a little goes a long way so buy the smallest tube possible.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2005 04:14:43 AM »

would mederma work for acne scars? dermatologists will tell you there's only "procedures" that can be done to reduce them - an acne scar is kinda like a chicken pox scar, no?
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macaulkv
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2005 04:18:31 AM »

would mederma work for acne scars? dermatologists will tell you there's only "procedures" that can be done to reduce them - an acne scar is kinda like a chicken pox scar, no?

on the package for mederma it lists acne among the scars suggested for treatment. i imagine those procedures done professionally would also be rather expensive! try mederma first.
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