Eyelid Scar Repair

by Jonathan Croswell ; Updated July 18, 2017

Scars on the eyelids may not be seen often, but they are nonetheless embarrassing to those who have them.

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Younger boys may regard scars as badges of honor and glorious proof of battle, but for most adults, scars don't do much more than ruin your skin's complexion and create an unsightly distraction. These scars can develop for a number of reasons related to the various ways skin absorbs damage. Although scars on the eyelids are not very visible to people -- in all likelihood, they can't be seen by others when your eyes are open -- you may still seek to remove this marking. Dealing with scar tissue around the eye is a bit more complex than in other locations on the body, but it can still be done.

Identify the type of scar you have. If you have suffered a raised or depression scar on your eyelid, creams, ointments and other at-home remedies will be unable to improve your condition. Instead, you will have to seek help from a medical professional. Darkened or lightened skin, on the other hand, may be treatable through other methods.

Purchase or receive a prescription for a cream, gel, ointment or lotion designed to fade superficial scars on the skin, or to bring the skin in line with the rest of your body's color. Some of these treatments are more successful than others, but a doctor may be able to guide you toward the most effective methods. Apply the medications as directed for several weeks -- it often takes this long, if not longer, before the effects are seen.

Visit a doctor's office to discuss various professional scar repair and removal options. A licensed professional will have many more options at his disposal in terms of eliminating your scar tissue -- microdermabrasion and laser therapy are two options commonly used on scars that may be effective in your circumstances.

Tips

  • It is important to understand that because of the location of your scar tissue, your options for treatment are limited due to the potential risks to your eyes and vision.

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About the Author

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.