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I have an old scar that is turning red, what does that mean?

I have an old scar that is turning red, what does that mean?

More Blood Vessels: Scars are red because of the blood vessels under them. The greater the vascularity or the thinner the scar, the redder it will appear. Temporary redness can be caused by exercise or warmer temperatures. Lasers can be used to help reduce the blood vessels, and thus the redness. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more


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What is a good means of determining if a cutting scar is infected?

What is a good means of determining if a cutting scar is infected?

Infection: Redness? Swelling? Heat? Pus or other drainage? Increased tenderness? Red streaking? If it appears infected then please obtain prompt medical attention. Take care. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have sores on your scars or stretch marks?

Sores on scars: There are a variety of possible causes but it may be delayed healing, poor healing, or an infection. You should be seen by your physician/surgeon for a scar/wound assessment to determine the best treatment depending on the problem/cause. Could potentially be as simple as changing wound care, laser treatment, or antibiotics depending on the problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my scars are taking a slow time to heal? (5 months and still red)

What does it mean that my scars are taking a slow time to heal? (5 months and still red)

Scars: Scars can be life-long. There is a large individual variation in the duration and amount of healing that will occur. Once the initial wound has healed, it is important to keep scarred areas protected from the sun, as they are more vulnerable to UV damage. ...Read more

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My wife just had the staples removed following her c-secrion. The skin separated a bit. Will that mean she will have more of a scar?

My wife just had the staples removed following her c-secrion. The skin separated a bit. Will that mean she will have more of a scar?

Possibly: If it's a slight separation, usually steri-strips will help the incision heal well. However, if the wound opens, this may have to heal "secondarily" meaning it will have to heal slowly from the bottom up (with or without packing gauze) and this may leave a thicker scar. Either way, call your doc's office for instruction and to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What does scar tissue on ovaries mean?

What does scar tissue on ovaries mean?

A Finding on exam: This means that scars on the ovaries were found during a laparoscopic, surgical, ultrasonic or other diagnostic evaluation. They need to be taken in context of additional findings and complaints. For example it may be one cause of infertility or abdominal pain. The causes are multiple. Treatment will vary depending on the cause and goals. ...Read more

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Are there any means of getting rid of scars permanently?

Are there any means of getting rid of scars permanently?

No: 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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I had tremendous amount of scar tissue under the patella what does that mean? How did it get there?

I had tremendous amount of scar tissue under the patella what does that mean? How did it get there?

Patella: Scar tissue can develop for many different reasons, one of them is repetitive trauma to the knee area such as banging your knee on a desk or kneeling repeatedly with daily activities. This is something that can be cleaned up arthroscopically if necessary to help reduce the amount of discomfort that you may be experiencing. Scar tissue underneath the kneecaplike that is usually related torepetitive dramatic events ...Read more

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If u had cesarean a month ago can u be able to wet ur scar the fatter u r does that mean ur scar will take longer to heal?

If u had cesarean a month ago can u be able to wet ur scar the fatter u r does that mean ur scar will take longer to heal?

Ok if healed: If the scar is healed then getting wet is fine. If there is discharge, leaking or the wound is open, then dressing changes are used until healed. The more fat, the longer it can take to heal. Rarely, it needs to be closed at a second operation. The best thing to do is to check with your doctor. ...Read more