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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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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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Are there anything I can do without surgery to minimize discoleration from a scar?

Are there anything I can do without surgery to minimize discoleration from a scar?

Sun Protection: While many over-the-counter products may claim to help with scar healing, the best way to minimize discoloration from a scar is to minimize sun exposure. Sunlight tends to cause temporary darkening of scars so avoidance and use of sunscreen are the best solution. Most darkening from scars will fade with time, but if they persist, dermatologists can use lasers and creams to help them fade. ...Read more

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What can you do to minimize internal scar tissue after back surgery?

Newer Biologics : In the past we had certain chemical materials to prevent scarring around the nerves. Ones own fat from the wound may in some cases help. There are newer biologics such as amniotic membrane that also can reduce scar formation. ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

There : There are a variety of methods to treat scars. These include non-surgical and surgical methods, which are often used in conjunction with each other. Non-surgical methods often include the application of ointment or sheeting (silicone), injection of steroids, and skin resurfacing methods such as laser therapy or dermabrasion. Surgical methods of treating a scar include excision of the scar or irregularization of the scar to make the scar less noticeable to the observer's eye. The chosen method to treat a scar depends on the age of the scar and desires of the patient, with an attempt to always balance the potential invasive nature of a revision and the desired outcome. Without evaluating your daughter in person or seeing any pictures, any facial plastic surgeon in your area should be able to evaluate your daughter and develop a plan that will work best for her. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me directly via the link below. ...Read more

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Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more