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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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How long does it take to recover from sternotomy surgery?

How long does it take to recover from sternotomy surgery?

Sternotomy: Sternotomy is the cutting of the sternum, a bone, to access your heart and chest cavities. The bone is wired close with several wires. Like any bone, takes 6 weeks to heal to 80%. Your surgery team will be the best to tell you specifics about your case. Also your surgery team will know what operation was done using the access provided by sternotomy. ...Read more

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I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?

I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago.  I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?

Sternotomy: is surgical incision through bone, and bone can take a long time to heal. But 4 months seems a bit too long. You should consult with your surgeon, who might have a better idea about healing in your particular case. Return to work depends a lot upon the nature of your work. ...Read more

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I am not understanding my own research on the computer so can some please explain what "multiple median sternotomy and the wires are chronic" means? Thank you in advance

I am not understanding my own research on the computer so can some please explain what "multiple median sternotomy and the wires are chronic" means? Thank you in advance

Chest x-ray: After a sternotomy for cardiac surgery the cxr is forever altered. The sternal wires used to close the split sternum are permanent. If you have had repeat or multiple sternotomies, the wires, wire removals, replacement will also become permanent on your cxr. ...Read more

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Had med. Sternotomy yrs ago for afib. Followed by chronic xiphoid pain. Xiphoidectomy made it worse. Now have upper ab pain/tension, rib tension/tension in mus. Below ribs. Intercostal nerve block?

Had med. Sternotomy yrs ago for afib.  Followed by chronic xiphoid pain.  Xiphoidectomy made it worse. Now have upper ab pain/tension, rib tension/tension in mus. Below ribs. Intercostal nerve block?

This may be: Challenging to treat. See your pain management physician for treatment options. Many are available. If everything fails spinal cord stimulation may be very effective even if the problem has been present for many years. ...Read more

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Does kprf leave scars?

Does kprf leave scars?

Generally not: Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii involves excess keratin production (small bumps) on the face which is often inflamed, causing the redness. Since it generally does not involve infection, it usually does not leave scars unless someone picks at the bumps. If it is irritating you enough that you are picking, seek help from your dermatologist. If it scars, you need to see derm to r/o something else. ...Read more

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How to remove my scars?

How to remove my scars?

Improve not remove: A be scars can be improved with wound care, exfoliation, dermabrasion, peels, laser, grafting, fat transfer, camouflage make-up, surgery and more. However they generally cannot be removed. Discuss with a dermatologist after first .Controlling the outbreaks. ...Read more

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What is involved in revising a scar?

What is involved in revising a scar?

Excision: Scar revision usually involves excising the scar and re-closing the area in layers. Deep sutures are typically used to provide dermal support which minimizes scarring. Also, depending on the location and orientation of the scar, the surgeon may decide to perform local tissue rearrangement (such as a z-plasty) to better conceal a scar. Post-operative scar management is also important. ...Read more

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How to know if I have gotten a scar?

How to know if I have gotten a scar?

Scar: Any time you cut the skin there will be a scar. Other types of injury do not leave a scar all the time. Time will tell. ...Read more

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What causes discoloraton within a scar?

What causes discoloraton within a scar?

Hyperpigmentation: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes blackness at the end of a scar?

Blood or pigment: It depends on what caused the scar and what was on the skin prior to the injury. If it was a pigmented lesion you should have it evaluated by your dermatologist. At any rate have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Does cellulitis scar?

It may,...: Cellulitis may resolve with treatment and leave no evidence of the infection. Some may cause a slight discoloration of the skin. If associated with an ulceration, there certainly may be a scar associated with that area. Associated conditions, such as underlying diabetes and/or poor circulation may increase risk of possible scarring or discoloration as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is scar excision?

Scar excision: Scar excision would be cutting out the scar and resewing it up. Perhaps the scar spread or partially opened or got infected. By excising the scar it can be sewn up in a fine line. Sometimes the doctor may want to make the scar irregular or alter it's direction. These are cosmetic techniques to improve the scars eventual appearance a scars appearance can also be improved with dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Can a scar get infected?

Can a scar get infected?

Infection: Scar does not have much blood circulation in it. It can be infected but wont be typical as it is in the normal tissue. ...Read more

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How can I remove a scar?

IMPROVE not remove: There are many options to improve scars discussed here but it is genrally impossible to remove a scar unless you replace it with another. ...Read more

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Can lasers remove scars?

Can lasers remove scars?

No. See specialist: Scars can be improved. Never completely removed. You would need to see a specialist such as a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a scar on my head

I have a scar on my head

From injury?: Scars generally heal on their own, based on hte type of injury which caused these. If there is redness or any discharge, pl get it checked for an active infection, which may need antibiotic prescription. Feel good! ...Read more

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Do pustules scar easily?

They can: Pustules have much more inflammation than simple cuts, so the chance of scars are worse. That is why you should seek quick treatment of the underlying infection and do not do anything to spread or worsen the problem such as squeezing the pustule. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more