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A 46-year-old female asked:

what does minimal left basilar atelectasis or scarring mean?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Atelectasis: This means there is scarring or a small area of collapsed lung at the base of the left lung.

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Can all surgeries be done laparoscopically in order to minimize scarring?

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No: While more and more procedures can be done using "minimally invasive techniques, " the goal of any surgery is to treat the problem, not to ensure the best cosmetic result. However, all things being equal, laparoscopic approaches do offer faster recoveries and less scaring.
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How long will the incision be, and what can I expect in terms of scarring?

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Depends: Length of the incision depends on the surgery. Be confident that surgeons will make the length as long as necessary to perform their surgery. Scarring will also depend on the surgery procedure, location of surgery, skill of the surgeon, type of sutures (stitches) used, infection or other complications and the patient's ability to form scar tissue. Best to discuss these issues with your surgeon.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I scratch at my chickenpox, will they scar?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possibly: It is possible for any cause of skin scratching to scar. Each person has individual variability in that regard. Simple anti-itching methods such as baking soda baths and calomine lotion may help.
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Does impetigo cause scarring?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Generally not: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection, when healed you are left with a mild redness for a couple of weeks. Unless the infection is deep, such as carbuncles or inflamed cysts, scar generally does not result. Impetigo, by definition, is superficial, thus does not generally leave scars.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I reduce the appearance of a facial scar?

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Dr. Robert Stroup
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Many options: If the scar is fresh, you can try silicone gel, vitamin e, scar massage. If the scar is mature, the best options are scar revision or skin re-surfacing depending on the particulars of the scar.

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