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Scar cream for vaginal scarring from surgery?

Scar cream for vaginal scarring from surgery?

Uncommon: The vagina typically heals very nicely after reconstructive procedures. The best topical treatment after vaginal surgery is an estrogen cream. But even that can be delayed for 3 or 4 weeks after surgery to allow for good initial healing. ...Read more

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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Is scar revision surgery safe?

Is scar revision surgery safe?

Yes: Assuming you are in good health and your surgeon is properly trained working in a safe facility. ...Read more

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28 wks pregnant, previous c section, placenta anterior, no acretta now- placenta is 4cm above c section scar. Could acretta still develop at this pt?

28 wks pregnant, previous c section, placenta anterior, no acretta now- placenta is 4cm above c section scar. Could acretta still develop at this pt?

Yes but low risk: Acretta can develop even in women who have never had a c/section. Fortunately this is rare. The risk is much higher if the placenta is covering the prior c/section scar. With the placenta 4cm from the scar, your risk is very low (but not zero). Best wishes! ...Read more

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How to minimize vaginal swelling pp c section?

How to minimize vaginal swelling pp c section?

Patience and ice pak: The swelling all over your body usually will increase after delivery and even more so after a cesarean. Eventually you will get rid of the excess fluid as you produce more urine. ...Read more

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Easy scar removal - how effective is surgical scar removal?

Varies: Scar revision is better for wider scars. I would wait until the scar matures at least 6-12 months after wounding though. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=13810. ...Read more

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Will smoking affect my recovery scar revision & mole removal?

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Will smoking affect my recovery scar revision & mole removal?

Yes: Smoking causes poor wound healing after any invasive procedure such as surgery, laser resurfacing, liposuction, etc..., including scar revision and mole removal, resulting in worsened scarring. In addition to lung cancer, smoking is also known to cause premature wrinkling and aging of the skin. ...Read more

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What can reduce the scar from a c section?

What can reduce the scar from a c section?

Scar reduction: Use vitamin E oil and massage the incision. You can also use a laser to decrease the intensity of the scar. Pdl laser is great for improvement but will take several treatment. ...Read more

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Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

It helps: Depending in the skin type and color, laser can be very helpful in reducing the color and thickness of the scar. ...Read more

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What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

What is recovery like after scar revision & mole removal?

Varies by size: Small mole will heal within a few weeks . Larger areas may require some restriction of activity to minimize scarring. Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Does cesarean stitch and ovarian cyst surgery stitch different?

Does cesarean stitch and ovarian cyst surgery stitch different?

depends: The type of incision can be the same in both c-section and ovary resection, the surgeon opens the skin along the bikini line and then opens the fascia from the umbilicus to the pubic bone. The same suture, usually absorbable can be used in both. The ovarian cyst surgery also can be done with a laprascopic approach, minimally invasive. Okay to ask your surgeon about these choices. Be well. ...Read more

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Is plastic surgery effective to improve keloid C-section scar?

Is plastic surgery effective to improve keloid C-section scar?

It can be, but . . .: Keloids are more rare than hypertrophic scars and they're also much harder to treat. Proper treatment begins with a correct diagnoses of the type of scar. There are treatments for both! Hypertrophic scars respond better to treatments and to surgery, but keloids can also be treated with excision accompanied by corticosteroid injections. There are a number of emerging therapies as well. https://www.cosmeticsurg.net/blog/2016/03/24/keloids-hypertrophic-scars-in-plastic-surgery/ ...Read more

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Does having laporoscopic cholecystectomy surgery create scars?

Yes: Small ones; all surgical procedures that involve cutting or puncturing of the skin result in scars. The appearance of the scar depends on many factors. Most heal 'well'. ...Read more

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Will I have big scar from hyst with ovary removal?

Will I have big scar from hyst with ovary removal?

Not necessarily: Removal of the uterus and ovaries can be accomplished in several ways. Sometimes no scar is left. Often a vaginal hysterectomy is possible, which leaves no scar. If that approach is not appropriate, a laparoscopic or robotic procedure will leave only small scars. You should seek out a doctor who is capable of performing such surgeries to allow you the full range of options. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Yes: Adhesions can develop after a knee surgery which limit motion and can be removed (typically arthroscopically), however the reason for stiffness should be fully evaluated before considering this. Most common causes are malpositioned acl graft or inappropriate size or position of total knee components. If this is the case revision of the primary procedure is required. ...Read more

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Does the povider offer vbac (vaginal birth after previous cessarean section)?

Does the povider offer vbac (vaginal birth after previous cessarean section)?

No: Due to a combination of hospital policies and practicing at several hospitals in the community our practice does not feel that we can currently provide for vbac or tolac safely at this time. This may change in the future. ...Read more

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How much critical to undergo curettage under GA after 5 months of c section.

How much critical to undergo curettage under GA after 5 months of c section.

Unknown: There is not information here to comment. I would schedule a follow up visit with the doctor treating you to confirm the treatment plan and to discuss all of your options. General anesthesia is the most comfortable anesthetic method for a D an C. An epidural or spinal are other options. ...Read more

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Enlarged skull delivered by c section?

Enlarged skull delivered by c section?

Possibly: In cases where there is the suspicion of a large baby or a baby with a significantly enlarged head a c section would allow for less risk and possibly less harm to the baby since c sections permit a larger opening than the limited space of the birth canal. ...Read more

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I have hypertrophic scarring from laser tattoo removal ~5 years old. Resurfaced w/ 4 Fraxel Tx. Will this type of scar continue to flatten over time?

I have hypertrophic scarring from laser tattoo removal ~5 years old. Resurfaced w/ 4 Fraxel Tx. Will this type of scar continue to flatten over time?

Most scars do tend: to flatten over time. If your specialist has recommended any further treatment, such as scar tissue massage, it's important that you do it. Scar tissue will continue to change for up to one year, so be patient and stick with the program. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

Scars heal in a year: The healing process is pretty uniform for the first 6 to 12 weeks. After that there are ways to improve the appearance of a heal;ing scar. Pressue on the scar has been shown to decrease the risk of scars raising up above the normal skin. Medications can be injected into the scar and in severe scars/keloids, radiation is sometimes used. The scar is healed when it is no longer red in color. ...Read more

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Scar revision or laser treatment? What's best? For keloid scar, also have a mole on the scar tissue

Scar revision or laser treatment? What's best? For keloid scar, also have a mole on the scar tissue

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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Tlh a week back with c-section scar tissue removal, lot of pain near the c-section scar and abdomen, is it normal? When can I feel full recovery

Tlh a week back with c-section scar tissue removal, lot of pain near the c-section scar and abdomen, is it normal? When can I feel full recovery

Hysterectomy: Generally we say 50% recovery at 2 weeks with more complicated laparoscopic hysterectomy. Usually the post operative pain is much better after 1 week. You need to check with your surgeon as increasing pain is a sign of a problem, especially if there are any other issues with bladder, bowels or fever. ...Read more

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It's been 12yrs. Why is c-section scar so sensitive?

It's been 12yrs. Why is c-section scar so sensitive?

Scar Tissue can: Scar tissue can trap nerve endings. In my practice I find lidocaine mixed with a little Decadron (dexamethasone) can shrink the scar and decrease pain. It works well. ...Read more

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How long does it take for C-section scar with dissolvable stitches to heal?

How long does it take for C-section scar with dissolvable stitches to heal?

Six weeks: Most dissolvable sutures will dissolve around 6 weeks, by which time your own body's scar tissue will have formed enough that you do not have to worry about tearing which is why you are usually advised not to do heavy lifting for 6 weeks post-op. However, the healing continues for months after as the body remodels scar tissue and softens/fades the scar. It can take 1-2 years. ...Read more

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Can a hysterectomy be performed using the same scar as my C-section scar? Mine is horizontal bikini line?

Can a hysterectomy be performed using the same scar as my C-section scar? Mine is horizontal bikini line?

I think there...: Is no problem with that. I am a plastic surgeon and have done a number of hysterectomies along with abdominoplasties with my gynecologic colleagues. Many of these are done through the incision you describe. Good luck! ...Read more

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My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

ITCHING: Unfortunately, itchy postoperative wounds are common. There is much debate about the underlying cause. My advice, since it appears that over-the-counter remedies are not working and it continues to be bothersome for you, is that you follow up with a dermatologist. I will search our HealthTap database for a potential referral provider. ...Read more

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I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

Could be a cyst: A cyst, neuroma, or hypertrophic scar could be causing pressure on on sensory nerves in the area of the scar with exertion (exercise). After 5 years, your scarring is mature, so if you are having persistent symptoms, you may want to consider a scar excision/revision to hopefully improve/relieve your intermittent pains (typical of nerve pain). If family is complete, tummy tuck may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is my c section scar wrong?

Is my c section scar wrong?

Unable to assess: Its not possible to assess your scar without an exam. Are you having any problems with the scar such as pain, redness, keloid formation, discharge, etc? Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why would a 30 year old C-section scar itch?

Why would a 30 year old C-section scar itch?

Uncommon: Sometimes, women feel an incision will "itch" after a c-section. As long as there aren't any signs of redness or swelling around the incision, it usually just means that the incision is healing. In your case, it is uncommon for it to itch so many years after surgery. Speak to your physician and have it examined. ...Read more

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Stitches don't dissolve in C-section scar, do they?

Stitches don't dissolve in C-section scar, do they?

If they are...: Absorbable, they will. If they are permanent, they will have to be removed. If they are not visible, they are probably absorbable. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

Not usually: Scar deactivation with or without electrical stimulation can be performed by an acupuncturist ; is remarkably helpful for symptomatic post-surgical scars. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen c-section scar 8 days after the c-section? When will it go away?

Scar: Yes. C seciton scars will be swollen for several months. Everyone heals differently and depending on the closure method, it is not unusual to have a red appearing scar for several months. ...Read more

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My c-section scar is fairly immobile; w/ uncomfortable pulling when I move quickly. Is there any research regarding fascial rammifications of this sx?

My c-section scar is fairly immobile; w/ uncomfortable pulling when I move quickly. Is there any research regarding fascial rammifications of this sx?

It's adherent scar: It sounds like the scar is stuck to the deep fascia. This is a common problem, and there are no ramifications except for the symptoms and the appearance. If the scar is new it may loosen with time. Otherwise, a scar revision (with or without a tummy tuck or mini-tuck) can release the scar. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a tattoo over a c-section scar?

Is it possible to get a tattoo over a c-section scar?

It's possible, but: Tattoo ink is deposited in the dermis, second-down layer of the skin. There it is internalized by macrophages, clean up cells of the skin. Because macrophages don't really know what to do with tattoo pigment, they just sit in the dermis holding on to it. That's sort of what keeps the ink in place. In a scar there aren't that many macrophages, so you may get unreliable results. ...Read more

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In what way can you make a c-section scar look better if you have keloid skin?

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In what way can you make a c-section scar look better if you have keloid skin?

Steroid injections: Keloids can sometimes respond to being injected with steroids. The sooner they are injected the better chance there is to reverse the keloid process. Otherwise, surgical revision is the only other option. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a c-section scar to open 4 yrs later? Mine is red in one spot & oozing. The fluid stinks really bad!

No.: In your history you have put in that you have an abscess and endometriosis as well as the fact that you are on antibiotics.No, the c-section is not opening up after 4 years. The more likely diagnosis is ingrown hair infection/abscess or an endometriosis seeding into the scar.Your ob/gyn will be able to give you a better answer once he/she has had a chance to examine you and do some investigations. ...Read more

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Feel stretch and discomfort internally on right side above C-section scar. C section7 months ago. Ultrasound normal.What can cause it and how to treat?

Adhesions: Adhesions develop in the abdominal cavity as a result of inflammation caused by surgery and the healing process. As long as your doctor has ruled out a hernia or infection as a cause for your symptoms, gentle regular massage around the site of your surgical scar may help loosen the adhesions and decrease your symptoms. ...Read more

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Scar Revision (Definition)

Various techniques including surgical revision, steroid injection, and abrasion, meant to improve the appearance and/or ...Read more


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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more