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Laparotomy Scar Healing
Silicone gel sheets: Scars look better after compression with a silicone gel sheet which can be worn nightly. The compression helps to remodel deep scar tissue making it flatter. When scars are fresh, the sheet helps remove redness faster too. Surgery or resurfacing treatments are indicated when the orientation, thickness or contracture of the scar needs to be modified. You may need to see a plastic surgeon for help. ...Read more
Have a recent facial scar (1cm)that is healing. Considering corrective surgery. How much it may cost?
I just had surgery 3 months ago. I was wondering if it's okay to start taking accutane. Would it be okay for scar healing?
I had surgery 5 months ago. Is it okay to start taking accutane? If not when would be okay to not interfere with scar healing?
Limited data: Overall there is limited data in regards to the overall effect of Accutane and wound healing. Some studies have suggested some effect, it's probably rather small. At the 5 month mark, you're probably fine, but please review this with your dermatologist and/or surgeon. Best of luck. ...Read more
I am a female I used some nair on my back and it burned my back all up with scars is there some type of treatment I can recieve or surgery?
Yes: Please consult with both Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more
At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks for initial healing, but scars will continue to fade even months after this especially if they are kept well moisturized and out of the sun. ...Read more
I had a laparotomy 2.5 weeks ago, everything looks fine on the outside but when I touch the scar, inside feels thicker on the left shud I be worried?
After a laparotomy 3 months ago, I have a burning sensation in part of the scar, when I bend or twist. What is this, or will it go away?
Before/during/after!: The entirety of the care delivered will effect scar. This includes age, associated medical diseases, history of tobacco use, nutritional status as well as surgical technique and skill will effect the ultimate scar appearance in addition to post operative measures such as well optimal tissue oxygenation, blood pressure, swelling, wound tension, wound care, timing of suture removal & close follow up. ...Read more
After surgery for pinkie, scar tissue formed around cut area. Now whenever I close my pinkie I feel the scar tissue. What is the treatment for s.T?
Scars may soften: Wound healing is triggered by inflammation after trauma, infection, or surgery. It takes 3 to 6 months for the inflammation to subside. The collagen that resulted may take one to two years to soften and reorganize. Massage, silicone sheeting, carboxytherapy, and other topical products (such as mederma, scarfade, newgel+, etc.) can help scars to mature. ...Read more
Depends...: Your plastic surgeon will have his/her preferences/recommendations when it comes to treatment of incision lines and scars. Some surgeons prefer the use of tape, massage, and/or the use of silicone-based products. For “abnormal scars” the use of silicone-based products, steroid injections, and/or scar revision surgery may be indicated. ...Read more
How to identify if a scar is a keloid. I have a post surgical scar in my abdomen following laparotomy as on 3 oct 2012?
Simple Silicone: Simple, inexpensive, non-invasive silicone treatment first (myscaraway, from walgreens or online), if that doesn't help within a few weeks, then go and seek care from a healthcare professional. You may require steroid/bleomycin injections, or electron-beam radiotherapy, if it is a keloid (very rare in whites, more in pigmented skin races) but try the simple stuff first. Hypertrophic scar also help. ...Read more
I have had a laparotomy some 4 months back, n the scar looks ugly. What cream /gel is the best to use? Doctor prescribed hexilak?
Ugly scar: You may need steroid injections. I think the best scar cream is avosil. ...Read more
I had surgery 6 weeks ago in my foot now the scar is turning a dark purple almost black color. Why? No problems healing until now
Angiogenesis.: The color change is not necessarily a problem with your healing. I t could be part of the normal healing process. As the wound heals, new blood vessels are grown to provide the extra proteins needed to repair and remodel the damaged tissue. These vessels, filled with increased supply of blood, will make the wound appear bluish or even dark purple as the wound healing progresses. ...Read more
Best treatment for keloid type of scar. I had a surgery to remove my left damaged submandibular gland about 3 weeks ago.?
Not keloid: If your surgery was only 3 weeks ago, then you probably do not have a keloid. Scars are thickest by 6 weeks and will not soften until after that point. That is why we encourage people not to do scar revisions for a while. Use massage and soften the scar, protect from sun and it will probably look much better in a few weeks. ...Read more
After my mole removal surgery where apparently a cyst was also removed from, my scar seemed to be healing fine until I noticed string coming out, what do ido?
I had a mole removal surgery and apparently a hidden cyst was removed at the same time. Scar was healing fine, until I noticed string is coming out. What do I do?
See your doctor: I don't know what this string may be, depends on the color and consistency. Your wound may be infected if it is also red, swollen, and tender. I would have your doctor who removed it take a look at it. ...Read more
I have a scar on the top of my foot from bunion surgery (two years ago) that is still tender. What can I do to move along the healing?
Nothing: At 2 years, healing is complete. Scar maturation usually occurs in half that time. At this point, you need to treat the scar tissue which is likely causing your pain. See your surgeon who can recommend treatments such as steroid injection, ultrasound therapy and if necessary, surgical scar revision or excision. ...Read more
Not likely: Every treatment has some side effects. The experience and skill of the surgeon and the cooperation of the patient in following post operative instructions all play a role in mitigating side effects. ...Read more
I had a transdermal laser treatment that left me with 2nd degree burns on 1/3rd if my body. What plastic surgery treatments are there for the scars?
A spectrum of choice: Scar treatment can be defined as any intervention performed on a scar. This can vary from simple treatments such as topical massage or tape or silicone gel sheeting/ointment proceeding up to progressively more aggressive and invasive treatments ranging from external energy application (ultrasound, laser, light, radifrequency, etc) up to injections, radiation therapy, surgery and many more options. ...Read more
I've black 5mmdia chickenpox scar on my cheek im using CONCEALERS to hideit. My Dermatologist said plastic surgery is treatment. Any lowcost alternative?
Yes: Just ignore it, I have one for 50 yrs you reminded me. You are 19 pay attention to your education and carrier. You plastic surgery scar may look worse than your pot mark. ...Read more
I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars. Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery
Acne: Treat for acne includes: 1) antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, 2) birth control pills and other medication that help with hormones (can be helpful for women), 3) Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all causes of acne. For you I would recommend isotretinoin. ...Read more
43 y/o male slightly over weight had laparotomy 4 weeks ago, healing well but a little concerned about little bulges on both sides of incision?
Normal: Tissue swells after suturing or stapling. Look for signs of redness or tenderss and consult your surgeon. ...Read more
What is the homeopathic treatment of solid pseudopapillary epithelial neoplasm (spen) of pancreas. Patient is 10 year old and exploratory laprotomy?
Save your money!: The only cream that can actually have a beneficial effect on scars is retinoids acid or a retinal all others are a waste of your money. Pretty much all 'scar creams' are scams. ...Read more