I've always wondered if fillers like Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm can help with an indented surgical scar left from a scar revision surgery on the cheek?
Can Fillers Be Used to Correct Surgical Scars?
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Surgical scars and Facial Fillers
Depressed surgical or traumatic scars on the face can cause considerable emotional distress. These scars are often exacerbated by early scar dehiscence caused by repetitive motion during the healing phase.
Although these scars can be corrected with facial fillers, this is not a long term solution. A complete discussion of options should also focus on surgery as an option. Surgical excision is often appropriate to provide long term benefit to patients who are concerned about the temporary nature of facial fillers.
Soft tissue fillers may used to correct scars that are depressed.
Thanks for your question. Soft tissue fillers may used to correct scars that are depressed. By filling in the defect and improving the surface contour, the scar will appear improved. To determine if fillers are an option for you, I would see a board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or facial plastic surgeon experienced in the treatment of scars.
Use of fillers for surgical scars
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Fillers to Correct Scars
Yes, this may be one modality to correct scars. With a filler one injects the selected substance into the scar to reduce the indentation or, "valley". This can help decrease the noticeable appearance of the scar.
There may be more than one modality that would work best for that particular individual. Always best to see your board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or otolaryngologist to see what is right for you.
Fiillers offer temporary scar improvement
Fillers can be used, but the improvements will be temporary as most fillers (the safe ones) dissolve over time. For this reason fillers are not used frequently for scar improvement.
Dermal fillers can be used for scars
Dermal fillers can absolutely be used for the treatment of scars. For an indented scar like you describe, it may also be advisable to visit a derm surgeon to review options such as subcision or a different plastic surgeon to talk about scar revision again. We are wondering why the scar revision left an indentation and are wondering if it could have been performed so as not to leave this indentation.
Yes, fillers work well for indented scars.
Yes, fillers are a great tool to help indented scars. Depending on the location and size of the scar, different fillers would be appropriate.
David Shafer, MD
New York City
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