Scars are most noticeable for a few reasons: 1) color and 2)
texture and 3) depth. Scars never fully go away, technically, but they
can be improved in appearance so that they are minimally noticeable. If
the color is different, that attracts attention. If the scar is raised
(like a keloid) or depressed, that again attracts attention. The least
noticeable scars are the ones that are pencil thin and light or skin
color and scars can be revised to improve the appearance. Most of this is surgical technique dependent, but we also recommend anti-scar ointment afterwards that are used to improve scars as they heal. Please consult
with a board certified specialist who can best assist you in revising
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Protocol for thick scars from an appendectomy
Hypertrophic scars on the abdomen respond well to pulsed dye laser, IIT, and application of Plato's Scar Serum applied twice daily.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Scars that are old are oftentimes best addressed by a scar revision procedure to remove the old scar and recluse the wound to make it less visible. If the scar were only a few weeks to months old, then consideration for laser treatments or other medical treatment may help improve it's appearance.