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Hello. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience getting rid of raised scars - I believe they are 5 or so small keloids are hypertrophic scars that have been persistent on my chin for about 2 years now. I first noticed them after washing my chin rigorously with an excess amount of pro-activ two years ago, therefore damaging the healing phase of my body - thus the scars.

I have tried 2 treatments of V-Beam, cryosurgery, tazorac, etc but to no avail. I am now on my second week of using kelo-cote.

They are very small bumps that I want to either get rid of completely or flattened completely so that they blend with my skin and I can cover with makeup. Also, for these small acne scars, would anyone recommend excision, coupled with cortosone treatments to prevent recurrance.

Thanks in advance.

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I had cryotherapy for the same problem and the results were disastrous. I wish I never ever did it.

I now have some hypopigmented spots (that can be mistaken for bumps, is that what you're seeing?)

My dermatologist said they will fade over time. If you already had your hypertrophic scars treated I would continue with noninvasive treatemnts such as Vbeam, peels, massaging, and Tazorac. Don't do surgery I really think it can only make it worse at this point. Massaging a scar while it's still maturing should flatten it in a few months time.

What do you think?

Be careful not to cut or nick at the scar because it really will make it worse. I think you should ask your dermatologist if he/she really thinks it is a raised scar and not something else. If it is a raised scar you would benefit from regular cortisone shots (every 4 weeks or so) until the treatments and Tazorac kicks in.

I truly believe these things will smooth out with time but it could take up to 6-7 months with max therapy.

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Massaging a scar while it's still maturing should flatten it in a few months time.

What do you think?

Thanks for the info Greg. Can you be more specific about techniques used to massage the scars to flatten them? Thanks!

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I think you should ask your dermatologist but generally if the skin appears to be uneven it is a good idea to massage in a gentle circular motion for 1-2 min twice a day. This should help the scar flatten and heal in an even way.

This site has some info about peels which might help some and does mention hypertrophic scarring and how massage could help:

http://www.bcm.edu/oto/grand/11_10_05.htm

I do think dermabrasion and excision would be bad though b/c the recover time could be quite long..up to a year or more.

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After reading through a few posts on this messageboard, the problem I am thinking that my scars are not hypertrophic or keloids, but milia instead.

Milia Link

I recall these bumps occuring after using an excess amount of proactive on my chin area. Have I been misdiagnosed by my dermatologist? So confused?

Anyone have good experience getting rid of these?

Thanks!

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Hello. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience getting rid of raised scars - I believe they are 5 or so small keloids are hypertrophic scars that have been persistent on my chin for about 2 years now. I first noticed them after washing my chin rigorously with an excess amount of pro-activ two years ago, therefore damaging the healing phase of my body - thus the scars.

I have tried 2 treatments of V-Beam, cryosurgery, tazorac, etc but to no avail. I am now on my second week of using kelo-cote.

They are very small bumps that I want to either get rid of completely or flattened completely so that they blend with my skin and I can cover with makeup. Also, for these small acne scars, would anyone recommend excision, coupled with cortosone treatments to prevent recurrance.

Thanks in advance.

Fraxel reportedly works very well for raised scars. I recently spoke with Dr. Fitzpatrick who is a world renowned specialist for treating skin conditions and acne scarring. He said Fraxel is his laser of choice for treating such conditions. Also, hotpickles on this forum was treated for hypertrophic scars on his chin and the results were fantastic. He claims his scars were raised white and discolored. Fraxel flattened them completely and smoothed out the texture to the point where it is imperceptible. Also, Jillin on this forum had a hypertrophic scar on his back that was flattened quite nicely by Fraxel. This makes complete sense to me as Fraxel is also FDA approved for surgical scars which are often hypertrophic. First make sure that you are dealing with actual scarring and not sebaceous hyperplasia as that can produce the small bumps that you describe. V-Beam, Cryosurgery and Tazorac would do very little for that. You need a different type of laser for that in the 1450 nm wavelength. What color are they? Are they firm? Rubbery? Soft? Did they all occur at the same time? Feel free to PM me if you would like.

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I don't know what I have but is raised on my nose and skin colored and won't go away at all.

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