Can you help me with scars on my legs?

Hi Dr Irwin, I'm Asian and now living in Singapore. My self-esteem is affected here because of the fact that most of my friends always wear skirts and shorts, which I couldn't do. I had these scars on my legs which are pigmented and deep. I tried chemical peeling before and it just lightened my scars a bit but they are still noticeable. Would laser resurfacing on the legs help? One of the blogs said that it is not done in the extremities? Dermabrasion? I wanna know what is the best procedure for me so I can save for it. Hoping to hear from you.

Thank you for writing.   I know there must be good doctors in Singapore who have a fractionated CO2.  Generally, these lasers (I particularly like the DEKA DOT for this area), will give you good results as long as you are patient.   Ask the doctor to do a small test area first so you can see how it heals before you do more.

It’s important to know that you would need multiple treatments (think 3-8) depending on how much scarring there is.  And, it’s important that each treatment be gentle.  The lower legs do not heal as well or as quickly as the same treatment done on the face.   Expect to need to keep the area covered and out of the sun for a month after each treatment.    I hope this helps!  Dr. I

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