I have a scars around the border of my lips from a permanent lip aug. and my scars feel tight and firm. The scars act as a constant irritant to my lips. I know for a fact that I do not have hypertropic or keloid scarring. Could cortisone injections work and if used in very low doses, would it avoid atrophy???? Also, are there any lasers that would help my problem that I could try for tight, firm scars???? Can atrophy occur even very little is used into the lips???
What Can I Do to Get Rid of Scars from Permanent Lip Augmentation?
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Making Better Lip Augmentation Scars
If these treatments provide little relief, I would suggest discussing excision of the scars with your doctor, with possibly very faintly making them a bit irregular (to break up their circular nature).
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Fixing Scars From Permanent Lip Augmentation
It sounds like you developed thickening of the skin that feels like scars from permanent lip injection. I think your best bet is to see an experienced plastic surgeon who can evaluate in person the extent of your problem and see if cortisone or surgical excision of the permanent filler would better benefit you. Lisa Rinna in People Magazine recently documented her experiences with removing her silicone in her lips and how she is very happy with her natural look. If possible, try to contact the office that helped her and see if they can recommend you to a plastic surgeon in your area.
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Correcting lip scars
There are many options to correct scars around the lip. If these scars are hypertrophic and pigmented, you may consider a small excision of the scars and correction of defects. If the scars are depressed, it may just be served by filling the area with a dermal filler such as Juvederm or Restylane. Your best bet is to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon was a great deal of experience with lip surgery and scar revision.
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