Best Way to Revise a Trapdoor Scar?
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Revising trapdoor scar
Thanks for the picture and sorry to hear and see the dog bite scar on your lower lip.
Does look like a contracted/depressed scar circumferentially; also see a mis-match along the lip margin. Was the bite closed surgically or left to heal on its own?
Although I have not been able to examine the area, going on the picture and the time frame (5 months), I would recommend aggressive local massage with topical Vitamin E in small circular motions, ironing out the swelling or edema. Avoid sunburns, good Zinc based, non-chemical, SPF 30 or greater sun screen at all times.
At 8-12 months, or when the redness and thickness have subsided, I would recommend a focused repair/re-allignement of the vermillion (red/white line) of the lip and a Z-plasty scar revision. Remember scars are forever, plastic surgery is quicker and can camoflauge them.
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