I have 8 year-old self-injury scars on my left inner forearm. They are from my inner elbow to my wrist, and I'd like to get them removed. There are many (20?) horizontal, 1"-3" white, occasionally raised, scars. I've been told (and read) that it is very difficult to do this, but it can be done best with a Z-Plasty, cutting out the scars and stitching it up in a large Z to reduce the scarring. Originally, I wanted to get it cut out and just stitched up in a straight line. I was told that there may be some of the cuts showing on the edge of the line (because they can't cut out a full 3x9 inch area), but they might just look like scars from stitches, and I could get the surgery done again once my skin stretched out again if it bothered me. There is no way to remove it with laser surgery or dermabrasion. I've seen pictures of skin transplants and do not want to get that done. However...
If you or anyone you know have gotten any sort of self-injury scar removed, please let me know by e-mailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, please, please. I have not been able to find anyone who has had this done. I am now going into professional work and I don't care for people getting freaked out when they look at my arm. I haven't self-harmed in many, many years, but the scars will not go away without surgery. If you have any information or advice whatsoever, please tell me!
E-mailing me is best, but I will also attempt to check on this post occasionally.
Thank you so, so very much.