I had a almost two inches scar under my chin. After 10 weeks is looking like" dog ear." My doctor says that he can fixed opening the incision again become this widther. I m worry at this point because I think the scar is wide enough, so after it is fixed this will be very noticeable. What can be another option to avoid this procedure.? Thank u so much!
Dog Ear After 10 Weeks of Neck and Face Lift?
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Face lift dog ear scar
The scar may improve with time. Taping it down at night might help.
- If it is hard, thick, raised, red - a very low dose steroid injection should flatten it.
- If it is white, soft, raised and puffy at the ends, it will need surgery.
- Ideally touch-up surgery isn't done until 6 months after surgery. But a raised, bothersome scar can be fixed much earlier.Three months after surgery - two weeks from the date of your question, would be fine.
Have your surgeon take a photo and draw on the photo what s/he plans to do - so you can be sure it will be acceptable to you. Best wishes and good luck.
Dogears after facelift
Dogears are easily corrected. The surgeon should be able to show you the extent of the scar you will have after the revision. Fortunately most under the chin scars are unobtrusive.
Dogears are visible because of their contours. A flat scar, even if it is longer, should be easily hidden under your chin (and can be camouflaged with make-up).
Dog ear after face lift
It is difficult to say exactly what can be done without seeing pictures. It is possible that you have some skin redundancy in the incision site or thickness in the scar. It is a little bit early to attempt a scar revision. I would attempt a series of kenalog injections to see if the scar will settle out and become less noticeable. If that does not work it is very reasonable to go back and revise the scar by cutting it out and re-closing the wound. This typically results in a good outcome.
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Face lift dog ears in the under chin area
This can be corrected with excising the dog ears. It will be wider but this should heal great if done correctly. I'm confident your plastic surgeon will do a great job. If it is red and irritated it could be some inflammation going on and steroid injections may help. Over time it should help as well and you may not need anything done to it other than pressure dressings and massage. This would should be evaluated by our plastic surgeon.
Facelift - Dog Ear After 10 Weeks of Neck and Face Lift?
With the understanding that it's hard to tell via the photos alone, I think that you might benefit from a bit of lipo of each of the dogears. Simply extending the incision risks leaving a similar appearance but in a more visible location (actually, was skin removed via that incision? That can contribute to this look.) If not, even better. A little lipo of the fullness, a procedure which can easily be done under local anesthesia alone, may help flatten things out to the point that they're not noticeable. I would try to avoid a surgical revision of the dogears in this location (at the ends of a tummy tuck is, of course, a different story).
I hope that this helps and good luck,
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Dog ear under chin
It is a minor in office easy fix. The width of the scar isn't important but its visibility. Better pictures could get a more precise answer
Submental Dogear Scar Revision
Dogears at the ends of a submental incision are not rare. If they have not flattened out after six months, a minor surgical revision of them wil solve the problem. It will extend the scar slightly but that should not be a visible problem as these scars heal very well.
Web reference: http://www.eppleyfacelift.com
A picture is worth a thousand words.
It is unusual to have a dog ear in this location. It is unusually for the sub mental incision to be this big. Generally dog ears do improve but by 10 weeks one expects to see much improvement to be evident. Fixing the dog ear should be a minor, office based procedure. Consider posting a photograph for a more specific answer.
Revision of Submental Scar
Revision of the submental scar can be performed after about 6 months or so. The contours do tend to improve with time. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Web reference: http://www.hughesplasticsurgery.com/Face-and-Neck-Lift.php
Facelift dogear scar
Dogears are easily corrected and I would not be dissuaded by the thought of a revision in terms of the scar width. However,you are only 10 weeks postop and I am not altogether convinced that you do have a dogear rather than either some redundancy that needs correction or something that needs time to heal. See your plastic surgeon, who can best assess whether you are a candidate for injection for scar hypertrophy or require any other treatment at this time.
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