How Can I Treat Discoloration Around my Tummy Tuck Scar?
- Asked by q80simple in kuwait
- 5 years ago
i had a tummy tuck 3 years ago, now i have a scar and reddish to purple skin all around the scar. How can I treat the discoloration around the scar? I can see the thin line that my surgeon told me I would have, it is very small and almost invisible, the problem is the red purple skin across the scar.
Would a laser treatment work best? I used contractubex, and it helped a bit but the purple is still there so I'd like to go with laser or whatever treatment is needed to remove the scar/purple skin?
IPL-Intense Pulsed Light-can help red purple scar from tummy tuck
If the scar is raised and irritated then you have a hypertrophic scar-unlikely from yoiur description. However if the scar is raised, then non-ablative 1540 Erbium fractional laser can be very helpful.
Avoid CO2 lasers, they will not help this problem.
Abdominoplasty Scars may Develop Hyperpigmentation
Depending on your skin type, you may have developed hyperpigmentation of the skin. In this condition, the healing skin may have deposited excessive amounts of melanin. The first course of treatment is typically conservative with observation and time.
In cases where the pigmentation lasts for long periods of time after the initial surgery, the second course of action is typically the administration of hydroquinone topical cream for several months.
The best choice would be to return to your original surgeon and discuss the condition of your scar. He/She is most suited to discuss the scar and provide a treatment plan.
Purple Scar after Tummy Tuck
Laser treatment can be very helpful in reducing discoloration, especially purple.
Get a good referral for the treatments, though:
- be sure you are a good candidate for the treatment
- the best laser tchnology is being used
- the person treating you is well qualified
Never laser a remodelling scar resulting from any operation including a tummy tuck.
Even though it has been 3 years, your scar is still probably biologically active. There is nothing you can do about it except wait. Scar creams don's work. Laser energy is converted to heat which will introduce thermal damage to an area trying to recover from surgical damage.
Web reference: http://www.zubowicz.com/subpag,21-atlanta-abdominoplast.htm
Persistently red scar after tummy tuck
Red scars generally improve with time but may be diminished wihth the use of IPL or laser treatments. It may take a few attempts to find the treatment with the optimal response. In the meantime, ensure that you avoid sun exposure with a high SPF sunscreen/block which can make the scar persitently red.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
Tummy Tuck scar
Three years is plenty of time for a scar to mature. Ask your plastic surgeon about laser scar treatments. These procedures use lasers that work to decrease the redness and to help flatten the scar. It usually take 3-6 treatments but can be very effective.
Neil J Zemmel, MD
Your plastic surgeon can tell you if lasers will help your scar
After 3 years, your tummy tuck scar should have healed and matured sufficiently.
Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
MIAMI AESTHETIC SURGERY
Treatment options for purple/red scar
When a scar is purple or red, there is a vascular component which contributes to this color. Because this is far different than brown pigmentation, it must be addressed with lasers vs. topical products. In our practice, we have found the pulsed dye laser (VSTAR from Cynosure) to be an excellent tool to resolve the red/purple colors found with surgical, acne, and traumatic scars. W
e apply the same concept with red stretch marks. There is no downtime with these treatments and very little discomfort. Skin type or skin color is an important factor when determining whether or not someone is a good candidate for this laser and appropriate settings.
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Discoloration is often treatable with lasers
Depending on the exact color of your scars, they may be easily treatable with lasers. Talk to your surgeon to find out which laser will work best. Lasers work by being absorbed into tissue at a particular wavelength of light, so only certain lasers work for each particular color being treated.
Tummy Tuck scar discoloration should have settled after 3 years
At 3 years after surgery, the scars should have settled down. Sometimes lasers can be used to lighten the color. This may be the best approach.
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