Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in scar therapy to reduce the raised scar on the bridge of my nose caused by a racket strike during a game of racketball two months ago. Interested in the recommended procedure and number of treatments/visits, etc.
A: Thank your for your inquiry and sharing a picture of your nasal scar. It is important to realize that it is early after the injury and the scar healing process is active and ongoing. If you want to do everything you can do to ensure optimal scare outcome, I would recommend a single fractional laser treatment followed by the daily application of a scar gel and the night time application of occlusive taping. This sequence of scar therapy You can be pleasantly surprised how much better it can look in 3 to 6 months. It is also important to realize that these recommendations are based on a single picture assessment taken from a side view picture only.
When it comes to topical gels a wide variety of options exists and none has been clearly proven to be better than another. The same applies to the number of occlusive tapes and sheets which exist.
Dr. Barry Eppley