Yes, they can. There are multiple types of scarring ranging from a darker discoloration of the skin (known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) to scars that are lighter than adjacent skin (hypopigmented scars) to slightly thickened scars (hypertrophic scars) to very thick scars (keloid scars). The dark color of a scar can be lightened with skin bleaching agents. Do not use Clorox on your skin! My Sal-Hydro Fade Formula™ is particularly effective for decreasing the darkness of scars. Thickened scars can be improved either with cortisone creams or cortisone injections. The cortisone injections work best when given by a dermatologist very familiar with this treatment as there is always the possibility of the skin becoming too thin as a result of these injections. Sometimes scars heal with small blood vessels on their surface. Extremely light electro-cautery (very fine electric needle) can treat these effectively. This too should only be done by a practitioner who has an ultra fine current device. All of these procedures are done routinely in my office.
– Dr. Bussell
Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants
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