How do I get rid of or lighten scratch marks on my arms? (photo)
Injury was inflicted by fingernail scratching. This was caused by argument with my ex many years back. Injury has healed. Now she's no longer with me, and the appearance of the scars keep reminding me of my past which I want to forget. What are the various invasive/ non-invasive/ fastest method to get rid of or reduce the appearance of these scars? About how much will treatment cost? Many thanks for the advice.
Im sorry about how you got those marks, but they can be lightened over time with some topics creams and non invasive treatments.
Q switched lasers, like the new picosecond laser which we use, are effective at breaking down the excessive pigment buildup left after an injury (known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation [PIH]). This can be combined with gentle chemical peels to speed up the process. This might typically take 4 to 5 session, with each session 2 to 4 weeks apart. The sessions of laser for that size of pigmentation can go for between 200-400, depending on the clinic and type of laser used.
You could, on top of that, use topical retins or bleaching creams to compliment the above procedures.
I hope this helps.
Dr Shane Abucewicz Tan