What are the best creams? Which laser will lighten my scar?

I have an abdominoplasy scar that I would like to lighten. I believe it is a hyertrophic scar. What is best: creams or is there a laser out there that can lighten these types of scars?

Answers from doctors (2)


Thank you for your question. If your scar is darker than the surrounding skin, then you probably have hyperpigmentation or increased melanocytic response which results in increased pigment production. If the scar is raised or wider than it was initially, then you have a hypertrophic scar, secondary to increased collagen production. To lighten your scar, I recommend topic treatment with a 4% hydroquinone cream as a prescription once-daily-at-night or creams which contain this chemical such as Obagi Clear or Hydro-Q. Laser treatments including pulse-dye laser, 1064 nm Nd: Yag, ablative fractional carbon dioxide, and Fraxel lasers can help reduce the color and thickness of your scar. Please consult with your plastic surgeon or another board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to further evaluate your scar. I hope you heal well!

Answered by Dr. Charles Messa M.D., F.A.C.S (View Profile)

Thank you for your question. If your scar is darker than the surrounding skin, then you probably have hyperpigmentation or increased melanocytic response which results in increased pigment production. If the scar is raised or wider than it was initially, then you have a hypertrophic scar, secondary to increased collagen production. To lighten your scar, I recommend topic treatment with a 4% hydroquinone cream as a prescription once-daily-at-night or creams which contain this chemical such as Obagi Clear or Hydro-Q. Laser treatments including pulse-dye laser, 1064 nm Nd: Yag, ablative fractional carbon dioxide, and Fraxel lasers can help reduce the color and thickness of your scar. Please consult with your plastic surgeon or another board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to further evaluate your scar. I hope you heal well!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Celibre Medical Corporation

Published on Apr 26, 2011

We use kenalog (steroid) injections to debulk (shrink) the scar and then
use pulsed dye lasers for red scars or q-switched lasers for brown
scars. Hydroquinone might also help for brown scars.

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Answered by Celibre Medical Corporation

We use kenalog (steroid) injections to debulk (shrink) the scar and then
use pulsed dye lasers for red scars or q-switched lasers for brown
scars. Hydroquinone might also help for brown scars.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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