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What is the best treatment or surgery for unsightly scars?

What is the best treatment or surgery for unsightly scars?

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

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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Have a recent facial scar (1cm)that is healing. Considering corrective surgery. How much it may cost?

Have a recent facial scar (1cm)that is healing. Considering corrective surgery. How much it may cost?

Wait: Most of the time plastic surgeon will want complete healing-4-6 months before surgery.
Cost varies, by area of body, area of country, insurance, time, etc.
Ask your plastic surgeons office for an estimate. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long does it really take for a laparotomy scar to heal?

How long does it really take for a laparotomy scar to heal?

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

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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?

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?

Not to worry: You may develop scar tissue and swellling, and the area may feel thicker as you mentioned. It will take some more days / weeks for the inflammation to completely go down. If you develop drainage through the scar or worsening pain you should contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Pain: Pain at or near a surgical scar is common. There are tiny skin nerve that heal through the scar ; become sensitive. This can last several weeks or some months. See your surgeon for an exam if it persists. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to promote scar healing after cosmetic surgery?

What are the best ways to promote scar healing after cosmetic surgery?

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

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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

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What treatment is good for breast surgery scars?

What treatment is good for breast surgery scars?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Best treatment for keloid type of scar. I had a surgery to remove my left damaged submandibular gland about 3 weeks ago.?

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

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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?

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?

See your doctor: This string is probably a deep suture coming through the surface of the skin. The doctor or nurse will simply cut the suture present above the skin. The small hole left by the suture will heal in secondarily with no scarring. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Can I have a laser surgery treatment for acne and scars on my face without any side effect?

Can I have a laser surgery treatment for acne and scars on my face without any side effect?

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

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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?

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

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I've black 5mmdia chickenpox scar on my cheek im using CONCEALERS to hideit. My Dermatologist said plastic surgery is treatment. Any lowcost alternative?

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

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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

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

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What is the homeopathic treatment of solid pseudopapillary epithelial neoplasm (spen) of pancreas. Patient is 10 year old and exploratory laprotomy?

What is the homeopathic treatment of solid pseudopapillary epithelial neoplasm (spen) of pancreas. Patient is 10 year old and exploratory laprotomy?

None known.: The preferred therapy is the surgical removal of the tumor from the pancreas. This results in cure in most cases. There has been no demonstrated benefit of adjuvant medical therapy (chemotherapy or other drugs) in this tumor. ...Read more

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Did you have to have surgery to remove scars?

Did you have to have surgery to remove scars?

Not if it does: You don't have to have scars removed if they don't bother emotionally of physically, i.e. Get in the way of functionality.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Does laser surgery leave a scar?

Does laser surgery leave a scar?

Depends: On the type of laser, the procedure and the site of the surgery. Skin for example, cut by laser or other means will often scar whereas the soft tissue of the mouth will generally heal scar free.
Most surgery is designed to minimize any scarring. ...Read more

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Is bio oil effective at healing scars?

Yes, very effective: I have found bio oil to be very effective in improving the appearance of scars after surgery. It has to be applied twice daily on a regular basis in a circular motion to allow the ingredients to penetrate deeply into the area of the scar. ...Read more

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Will there be a scar after TMJ surgery?

Will there be a scar after TMJ surgery?

Little if any: Most "tmj" surgeries are performed via an "inverted gull wing" style incision utilizing a small crease in front of the ear. This incision is the same one used for face lift procedures, so it is very cosmetic in nature. ...Read more

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What's the best cream for scars post surgery?

What's the best cream for scars post surgery?

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

Dr. Jon Krook
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Laparotomy (Definition)

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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