This section of the forum is dedicated to discussions on managing, treating, and correcting acne scarring. (Of note, Dr. Lam is focused principally on acne scarring rather than on managing the ongoing condition of acne, which a dermatologist would be better equipped to address.)
I've seen a lot about acne scarring and scar revisions on your site but haven't come across anything specific to chicken pox scars, that as I understand it, are typically deeper and more punched out than acne scars.
I have a few chicken pox scars on my face and the side of my nose, along with some acne scars on my forehead, that I'm VERY self-conscious about and am looking to have treated. So I was wondering how you typically handle the chicken pox scars and if it's in the same fashion as the acne scars. And can you do virtual consultations on chicken pox scars?
Basically, if they are very superficial, then either the CROSS treatment or mechanical dermabrasion (again not microdermabrasion) are the most effective methods. those are the 2 methods i use for this condition. if it is slightly deeper, then just CROSS would work. the goal is either to raise the dermal dent or to sand down the edges of the indented dermis if it is not too deep. if it is even deeper, then i use silicone to raise it but this is pretty rare because i want to make sure there is no donut effect with tethered skin below it. a subcision can help prevent that problem. however, in the gross majority, let's keep it broadly simple: CROSS and dermabrasion with CROSS winning in most cases. best, sml
Yes This question was in my mind before reading this article. one of the my father friend want to go for plastic surgery so doctor please explain me is it possible to complete recovery from Small pox spots............
it is impossible to have "complete" recovery. my goal is improvement to the best of my ability.
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery