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What is the treatment for a scar?
Since scars are part of the normal healing
process, ordinary scars are not treated. Only scars that are likely to become
cosmetically undesirable are considered treatable. This would include scars in
those who are predisposed to develop keloids, as well as scars in anatomical
regions known to produce thick scars and scars that produce a significant,
unpleasant distortion of adjacent anatomical structures. Thick scars and keloids
often flatten out after injections of steroids directly into the fibrous scar
tissue. They can respond to the chronic application of pressure and the
application of sheets of silicone rubber. Thick scars can be flattened by
dermabrasion, which utilizes abrasive devices to sand down elevated scars.
Certain types of depressed scars can be elevated by the injection of a cosmetic
skin filler. Certain types of facial scarring respond well to forms of laser
treatments. Occasionally, surgical revision of scars can result in a different
scar that is much more desirable. Since it takes about a year for scars to
mature, it is frequently prudent to wait before starting any invasive