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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am
User :   Hello doctor, I am 22 years of age and I have a few acne scars on my cheeks. Are they treatable.
Doctor :   Acne scars are treatable

Doctor :   The treatment depends on the duration, depth
Doctor :   of the scars
User :   What are the treatments that are available
Doctor :   Microdermasion for superficial scarss
Doctor :   Laser for deeper scars

User :   To what extent microdermabrasion is successful in completely removing the scars
Doctor :   90%
Doctor :   The god's given skin should not be expected
Doctor :   The visible scars for cosmetic purposes are removable
User :   does microdermabrasion have any side effects
User :   how the therapy works?
Doctor :   Intial redness for two days
Doctor :   There is an instrument with bristles, where the doctor try to remove the superficials dead cells

Doctor :   and the fibrous tissue
User :   What is the usual duration with the therapy
Doctor :   It depends on number of sittings you need
Doctor :   after physical examination by the Doctor
User :   usually with a few superficial scars on cheeks what would be approx no. of seatings required
Doctor :   2 to 3
User :   Are Vit,E creams effective in the treatment of scars as I cam accross while reading on the net
Doctor :   Vit C and E are to be tried initially
Doctor :   and for 4 to 6 months
Doctor :   Please give me a minute
User :   yeah
Doctor :   yes
User :   What is the success rate with the creams, if i dont want to use any type of surgery on skin
Doctor :   It may reduce the scars during the initial days but may not work after sometime
Doctor :   the success rate cannot be measured with creams
User :   Do you suggest surgical treatment for patients with creams
User :   sorry with scars
Doctor :   As initially said, it can be said after physical examination. The dermabrasion is a very safe procedure
User :   Is dermabrasion better than chemical peeling. I had done one sitting for chemical peeling but then discontinued as it blackened by skin greatly
Doctor :   Did you get the chemical peeling by a trained Dermatologist
User :   yes
Doctor :   Dermabrasion is the next step
User :   Doctor, sorry but by next step you mean it should be done only after chemical peeling
Doctor :   Not necessarily
Doctor :   The Doctor who is experienced can take a decision which to be done first
User :   I have a few acne spots which are darkened on my upper back. Do these spots lighten away by themselves or do I require to take up treatment for that
Doctor :   You can observe them for 6 months

Doctor :   If you do not have active lesions of acne, you can use normal herbal scrubs
Doctor :   Do not pick the acne anywhere on the body as they result in scars and tough to treat
User :   can you name a few?
User :   herbal treatments
Doctor :   Herbal scrubs with fruits like Apricot, Lemon or orange

User :   Can you suggest few brands in market.
Doctor :   Ayur or Himalaya
User :   One last question doctor can shaving increase the chances of acne reappearing - should i trim my beard
Doctor :   Did you follow my advices?
User :   yes
Doctor :   During active lesions of acne, I suggest to trim
Doctor :   Even a minimal lesion should trim your beard
Doctor :   If it just a scar, avoid the blade contact with that area and trim
User :   Thank you doctor, for your valuable time. I feel more knowledged and aware.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me

Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye
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