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Complete Chicken Pox Scar Removal For Adults

I'm 24 now and I have 3 chicken pox scars on my face from when I was about 10 years old. The 3 chicken pox scars are round depressions in my face, that are on the side of my nose, a half inch below my eye and an inch below my eye all on the same side of my face, so it looks sort of funny (think connect the dots) and I'm VERY self conscious about these now.

Now that I'm older and have the money I would like to try to remove these chicken pox scars. I'm interested in the best treatment that will remove these scars as close to 100% as possible without leaving any additional scars or scar like areas in the place of the depressions.

Can anyone tell me what procedures would most likely achieve the best results and suggest any top notch doctors around the US that could do this? I am willing to travel for treatment to see a top specialist if needed.
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Your concern can be understood. Skin infections such as chicken pox do leave scars behind. Scarring often occurs after chickenpox, especially in older children and adults. The scars are round and “punched-out” in appearance, and are commonly called pock marks. Most pock marks come from spots that were not picked or scratched, and mild cases of chickenpox cause pock marks as often as more severe cases.

There are many treatments available for scarring depending on the persons requirements and suitability. These treatments can be beneficial to varying degrees and your doctor is the best person to decide which is best suitable.

As a general guide the treatment options range from local applications, superficial procedures such as microdermabrasion to lasers and cosmetic surgery. To treat chicken pox scars skin specialists first reduce underlying fibrous adhesions and later  either perform a dermal filler or stimulate new collagen growth with  Non Ablative Laser Rejuvenation.

It will be difficult to recommend a particular treatment to you but there are many options and medicinal products available. The best would be to talk to your doctor and then decide which treatment works best.

It is also important to understand that the skin has its own repair mechanism and gradually the repair would bring significant change. At the same time, medications have their limitations and there is a limit to which they can benefit.

Hope this helped you in some way.

Let us know if you may have any other questions.

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Thank you so much for your response! I'm still unsure of who, or even what kind of doctor, to go see about this specific issue. It doesn't sound like I would want to go to a basic dermatologist. It sounds more like I would want to see a plastic surgeon or laser specialist? Is that accurate?

I'm very concerned about who to go see in particular because I'm scared that if I see the wrong person that the area may look worse after! I would probably like to have one spot treated first to see the results before continuing with the other 2.

How does one "first reduce underlying fibrous adhesions in simple terms? Would the doctor be cutting the scar?
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A skin specialist would be able to help you. You could try demelanising agents such as hydroquinone till then.

You would not need a plastic surgeon surgeon or laser specialist. The doctor would not be cutting the scars.

Post us if you need any further information and let us know about how you are doing.


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I am interested in getting my chicken pox scars removed as well. I have had them for well over eight years now.

I was considering using excisions to get them removed. I have heard about using lasers and fillers but I don't understand how treatment that is superficial on the skin could repair the scars that run deep into the tissues of the skin. The chicken pox scars are more like depressions or indents in the skin.

Any advice of help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Yes i have a similar problem. I have had 3 major chicken pox scars on my forehes]ad and am desperate to get rid of them. Ive had them for 8 years and was wondering if there was a way I could get rid of them close to 100%

Please help me
Thank you
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im 15 years old, and i have a chicken pox scars about 14 years, it is just 1cm below my right eye, i wish that u could tell me some ideas on remove it , Or  introducing a singapore doctor that wont cost a bomb.  

im looking forward for your reply , thank you.

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I have several scars on my forehead from chicken pox.I have really been researching getting them removed. I went to a dermatologist, they can do very little for you.  Microdermabrasion won't help. It would be a waste of money. I'm going to a plastic surgeon soon. It seems the most  effective way is to get either a  demabrasion, or skin resurfacing.
Hope this helps!
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Hi, I'm 14 years old. And i've had these chicken pox scars since i was about 6 or 7. I have around 20 on the side of my face and next to my eye. I also have a few on my chin and a few around my other eye. I've talked to my mom before about different things to help them go away. She's bought me numerous creams and oils for scars because obviously they're alot cheaper then a surgical alternative. Even though she said she would get me laser treatment or something along those lines, i can never seem to get her to take me to a doctor for it. So i was wondering the approxamite cost of something that would help completely remove ALL of the scars on my face, without leaving any additional scarring behind. I was also wondering how much it would probably be to have a laser or surgical procedure done.

Thank you!
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Wow I thought I was the only one. Reading these peoples probs make me feel much better. I thought I was being stupid about it, but I see it affects others too. I have such a beautiful face but when I take pictures, those scars is all I see. I have four going down my cheek line and it looks like I have a 5 O'clock shadow.... Ugh. I live in orlando florida and would love to know what steps do I have to take to remove this. It would make me feel 100% better about myself.
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i am currently infected with chicken pox.Am 23 years old and i am on day 4.

I scratched 2-3 spots on my face.Pn on my forehead looks dark black.

Is there anythng i can do to prevent them to become permanent?
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Wow I am glad to know I am not the only person that feels insecure about having one on my face forhead area..I have been told by many people that I have a nice complexion what bothers me is wishing I could just remove this one scar on my face like everyone else here I basically would just like to know what would proubly be the best effective treatment to remove them I have heard that a Dermatologist cant do much.
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     I'm 14 years old with the shingles scar,its just like the chickenpox scar. It goes from my belly button wraping around my right side and it ends on the left side of my back. I have had it since I was 3. When can i get it removed?
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i have had chicken pops over 15 years i used artra skin tone cream which is aloe vera the cost is around $3 at walmart it fades away scars within 3 - 6 month depending on how bad they are and for faster results take dietary supplements pills with lutein for healthy skin hydration as well as vitamin E! I'm a model very light skinned and the dark spots were all over my body a really bad look for me. I hated it the dark marks did leave but now i have bite marks but i know what to use so I'm sharing my secret I do have before and after pic that i show around :) dont feel bad many people have scars the older you get the more it fades away as well. Good luck
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I can very well understand from my own dark days 4 years back. Chicken pox Scars can be real messy when it comes to your facial look and other people's stark remarks. I tried many creams for scars, oil based and chemical based but i should say it really detoriated the problem. Maybe my skin was very sensitive and the dark scars became more serious.

That was when my neighbor referred the Invicible Scars Treatment cream. I was a little finicky in the beginning but in two weeks the scar marks started getting light.Though the marks have not fully faded ,it is so so better now.
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I guess, i have different situation though same reason. I just got chicken pox at the age 22! Thank God, the scars from my face easily remove through alternative way, but i still have problem with my body. help!
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Hello, I'm 29 years old and have dealt with chicken pox scars since I was four. I have about 50 pockmarks scattered on my face, some bigger than others. After a while you just learn to forget about them. Sure, it's tough in high school because kids can be cruel but that goes away. Although my face bothered me deeply for years I learned to develop a good personality to make up for it. This led me to many great things in my life including marrying a girl that is way too hot for me! I guess I'm just trying to encourage everyone to wear their scars proudly. You've dealt with years of agony that have built up your character and you don't need to waste a lot of money on mediocre fixes. Be proud of yourself and look at what's more important! Beauty comes from the inside! Keep your head up. It will get better!
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I have mine on my legs. They are not many but I couldn't wear shorts. I wish I have a lot of money to have these remove. Help pls! :((((

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Has anyone tried Miricle Cure Duo?? ive looked on thier website and have asked them if it totally removes chicken pox scars, and they said that it does. just wondered if any one has tried it before i buy it??
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I tried miracle duo and it does nothing. waste of $$
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I tried miracle duo and it does nothing. waste of $$
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well I've had my chicken pox scars from when i was 5 yrs old now am 17 yrs ,its always affected me but I've learnt to live with it but the problem still plays in my mind i wish i knew a way to get rid of them without any kind of plastic surgery!!!!!!!
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Ugh!! what could I do to remove the scars of my legs they are not much and they are not really dark, but I still would like them removed.
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I also have a chicken pox scar. It is right below my eye, and I notice it really well at the moment. I don't know why, but it started to caught my attention after I started High School. None of my friends have ever mention it to me, but I feel really insecure about it. Not only do I have this scar but I also have another one beside my lip, that was cause of a stranger kid I played with when I was 6. Yes, I do hate this kid, wherever you are now! It is not a chicken pox scar but more like a thin like scar. These two scars on my face makes me really insecure about myself and I wish to have them gone!
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Hi BhumikaMD,

I am Vikram from mumbai borivai India 32 year of age just now before 50 days back i was from suffering chickenpox, i dont have pock mark but i have brown and black marks on the face, just i wanted to now that there is any cream for remove those mark, please help me with this i will very thankful.

Vikram Thakur  
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