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How can you remove scars from legs?

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Over-the-counter or prescription creams, gels and ointments, surgical procedures and injections remove scars on legs, according to WebMD. The severity of the scars determines which treatment works best.

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Minor scars on the leg caused by cuts or wounds are often treated with an over-the-counter ointment, gel or cream. Prescription products are also available for more severe scars or from scars caused by plastic surgery. Antihistamine creams or products containing steroids are used for painful or itching scars. Skin grafts, laser surgery, excision and dermabrasion are used for scars deeper than a typical wound. Skin grafts are especially used to treat burn scars and involve using skin from another area of the body on the scarred area.

WebMD states that its best to wait a year before deciding on using surgical treatments to treat scars from a surgery; the scars often fade over time. Steroid injections are used for protruding scars such as hypertrophic scars and keloids, and filler injections are temporary solutions for pitted scarring. A doctor can also administer silicone gel sheetings and pressure treatment to remove scars as well as to prevent them. Scar remedies are typically not covered by insurance unless the scars impair movement.

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