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Vanishing Act:
Miley Cyrus' facial scar

In the last year, a singing sensation brought us all the best of both worlds.  Was it Destiny?  Was it Hope?  Actually, it was both, because quadruple threat singer/songwriter/actress/grinner Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus, daughter of Country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She is known for playing blond wigged pop star Hannah Montana on TV screens and in sold out music concerts.  Other than the hair color change, there is one other derm difference between Miley and her platinum alter ego:  A facial scar. 

On Miley’s forehead, a distinct scar can be seen.  We don’t know the cause, but if any of her fans are aware of what injury left her with this mark, we are an e-mail away.  Check with your parents before e-mailing and please explain to them that is not as bad as it sounds.

Perhaps this is why the Hannah Montana wig forms bangs over her brow.  Though not the first choice of hairstyle favored by most teens, bangs are not quite the fashion mistake of Papa Cyrus’ 1980’s era mullet.

While most over-the-counter scar reducing creams have more claims than actual benefit, some treatments can be used to minimize scars.  Raised, keloid scars can be injected with cortisone medicine (see below).  Red scars can be lasered to reduce the appearance of blood vessels.  Plastic surgeons can also “revise” scars, removing the scar surgically and closing the wound with techniques that better mask the mark.

No one wants a facial scar, especially a teen.  But a small scar clearly has not stopped Miley’s sky rocketing career.  So if you have a facial defect, consider wearing it proudly.  Or get a blond wig.

Runner-up, Vanishing Act:
Benjamin Bratt's chest scars are gone in “Love in the Time of Cholera”

Early in his career, Benjamin Bratt had...
...a chest full of raised keloid scars.
In "Cholera," they have vanished--but how?

Movie actor Bratt used to have large lumpy keloid scars across his chest.   Now that they have cleared (possibly with injections of cortisone medicine), romance can resume.

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