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How to fix large patches of scar tissue?

I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth on Oct 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Can the human body sympathetically develop scars?

My fiancée has a distinctive scar on her nose. We are (obviously) very close and emotionally-bonded, and spend a great deal of time looking at each other. My nose has recently developed a matching skin depression in mirror image. [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Dec 3, 2012 - 26 answers

No really... I need to stop picking.

I need to stop picking my face. Now. I don't have much money or time or willpower. But I need to stop. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Nov 25, 2012 - 37 answers

What might be causing round marks on an Asian or Asian-American woman's back?

At the gym over the past few months, I have seen a few Asian or Asian-American 60-something women with their backs covered with 1.5-inch - diameter circular marks. Does anyone know what may have caused these marks? Are they the result of a medical condition? A medical treatment? A common injury or abuse? The largest Asian-American population here is Korean. The marks are varying in intensity, so it looks like they occurred over a period of time.
posted by jaguar on Sep 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Is there anything I can do to get rid of old self injury scars?

Is there anything I can do to get rid of old self injury scars? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Aug 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Why has my acne become so much more potent, painful, and permanent?

YANMD: (Almost) all of a sudden, my acne has become more cystic, leaving deeper and darker scars, and when broken stinging more. Have I been doing terrible harm to my body? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me heal/cover these acne scars of fresh skin

I need help healing/covering these scars. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jun 1, 2012 - 9 answers

OUT, DAMNED POX

Is it possible to mask dark spots and scars from the chicken pox without looking like I'm wearing makeup? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Good lies for my suicide scars.

What are some good excuses for suicide attempt scars on the inner wrist? Particularly keen to hear plausible explanations that fit with the appearance of the scar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 53 answers

Bandage or no Bandage?

I've caught the mountain biking bug and was out riding this weekend. On one of the more advanced drops I took a bit of a scary tumble and ended up pretty scraped up. One section of my leg has the top layer of skin completely scraped off. What I'm wondering is the best (and fastest) way to help my scrapes heal with minimal scarring. Does anybody have any tips? [more inside]
posted by AngryLlama on Jun 7, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I get past my scars?

Self-conscious about my facial scars [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2010 - 48 answers

Pale, bruised, scuffed stems

It's almost "show some leg" season and I have a problem. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on May 3, 2010 - 33 answers

What are these white bands on Lisa Ray's skin?

This is a capture of the arm of actress Lisa Ray in a scene of I Can't Think Straight. What are those white bands on her skin? [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Aug 21, 2009 - 18 answers

Advice for keloid scar treatment after HPV treatment.

Advice for keloid scar treatment after HPV treatment...I know, YANAD/YANMD, but I need your help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Acne scar treatment (in Vancouver, BC)

Could anyone recommend a dermatologist near Vancouver, BC to deal with dense acne scarring? If you could share some first or second hand experiences of the treatment, that would be awesome too. [more inside]
posted by lmm on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Supervillians with scars.

Who are the coolest supervillains with distinguishing scars? [more inside]
posted by Steph1en on Feb 8, 2009 - 31 answers

Mountain Bike Grease Makes Tattoo

Do you have design ideas for a tattoo which incorporates some existing scars? [more inside]
posted by chase on Dec 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Why don't scars just go away?

Probably a dumb question, but if skin cells regenerate completely over time, why aren't scars... regenerated out?
posted by xmutex on Oct 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Wish you were here, wish they'd disappear.

How to tell a new intimate partner about self-inflicted scars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 - 19 answers

How to prevent my self-harm scars making people uncomfortable?

How do I let people know that I'm comfortable talking (or not talking) about my self-harm scars? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jul 9, 2008 - 21 answers

It hurt when I did it.

My boyfriend's 6-year-old has been asking questions about my self-inflicted scars. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 - 39 answers

What have they done to my ears, ma?

Why does my dog have a scar on each ear? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jul 3, 2008 - 8 answers

How to best heal a facial scar?

ScarFilter: Asking for my sister. My sister fell today while running to the car and smashed her face into the pavement. Nothing broken, but she now has a wide chunk of flesh missing from the area on her nose right between her eyes. [more inside]
posted by bahama mama on May 1, 2008 - 20 answers

She'd have such a lovely face, except...

SkinFilter: What skin care regimen would help my oily, zit-prone face? Are there EFFECTIVE lighteners that aren't hydroquinone to get rid of old brown marks? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Jan 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Cover or reduce an old scar

I've been looking for a way to help my girlfriend cover, or at least reduce the visibility of, a scar on her stomach. She is quite self-conscious about it, especially when we make love. I've searched up and read many discussions of similar topics here on AskMeFi, but most of the suggestions seem to assume that the scar is recent. My girlfriend's scar dates from 2002. We know that surgery will eventually be necessary, but for various reasons it isn't practical at this time. What techniques have MeFites found successful when trying to cover or eradicate older scars?
posted by zainsubani on Jan 8, 2008 - 20 answers

How to explain self-inflicted scars to co-workers?

What can I say when people ask about my self-inflicted scars? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Sep 29, 2007 - 65 answers

Help with a scar on my face!

Cat scratch~! My beloved high stung siamese got startled about two weeks ago and ran up my face. Luckily I'm not blind, though he got within an eyelash (seriously) of hitting my eyeball. I have a lumpy bit of scar in the circle under my eye and red thin lines from the top of my nose to my chin. I am allergic to mederma. What can I do to get rid of the scar (even medical procedure info welcomed) AND hide it in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by pywacket on Jul 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Where can I find the pro-ugly sites?

Ugliness as a fetish on the Internet - resources? websites? chat? [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese on May 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Will my scars heal in a month?

I want to get some moles removed. Will the scars heal by this day in June? I want to look pretty for a wedding. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on May 10, 2006 - 23 answers

Does Neosporin Scar Solution work?

Has anyone here ever used Neosporin Scar Solution? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2005 - 12 answers

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