Is scar revision an option for Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift? (Photo)
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Scar Management Methods Following a Mommy Makeover
Your #healing will continue for 2-3 months following the procedure(s) as the #scars will be evolving. If my patients have concerns that something is unusual about their healing process, it is important for them to call the office and discuss these concerns or come in to be examined. Also some severe scars can be treated with re-excision, laser, kenalog/5-FU injections, creams, silicone strips and other methods to reduce and improve healing. Additionally, scar therapy with scar maturation products (e.g. BioCorneum or Embrace) are suggested for managing scars. However, we recommend you wait to use scar improving products until a few weeks following your surgery.
Want a scar revision. Surgeon won't do it!
But if you were my patient I would suggest scar revision but starting with one area to be sure it heals satisfactorily.
Your description suggests you had an intense reaction to absorbing sutures. I would use different sutures if possible in a scar revision. The scar will need lengthy support with silicone and steristrps. The Embrace scar system should be considered.
There are many superb plastic surgeons in Boston. If you cannot persuade your surgeon to help you, you will find many who can.
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Tummy Tuck : Scars and Treatment
Scar revisions should be considered after about a year. Give it time. If the other treatments work, than you won't have to redo it all.
If it comes to surgical revision, I usually tell my patients that the chances of improvement are 75-90 %. Not all revisions work. Many can have dramatic improvement. If it doesn't work, it rarely makes it worse. Just the recurrence of the hypertrophic scarring comes back.
Also, since this happened to you, we can make changes because we have learned things. Different sutures can be used. Also injections are much more successful at preventing scars than getting rid of them. The steroid can be used at the time of the operation and monthly to decrease your recurrence chances.
Dr Chris Saunders
Is scar revision an option for Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift?
Need for scar revision
Scar after surgery
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