Can a chemical peel remove scars?
I had an ugly scar/dark discoloration (not elevated or keloid scars) that I got from a wound from an accident. I had several chemical peels performed on my scar, but instead of improving its appearance it got even darker and bigger. What can I do to remove this?
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Replied on 10/29/2012
By: About Face Aesthetic Centers, LLC | Dr. Leslie Pickens
Scars are a difficult problem indeed. You did not mention when the initial injury occurred. After a year or so, the healing has probably taken place maximally and what is left is permanent. To lighten hyperpigmentation, you could try a product with hydroquinone found over the counter. Prescription strength hydroquinone can be obtained from a physician.
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