7 weeks post op Thighplasty, will the color come back where the lighter scars are? (photos)
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Scarring After Thigh Lift Surgery
It's important to understand that wound healing is a dynamic process that goes on for 12 to 18 months following surgery. During this period, swelling slowly resolves and scars lose their discoloration, flatten and slowly remodel. For these reasons, after only seven weeks it's far too early to make aesthetic judgements. It's, therefore, important to be patient and give your wounds time to improve.
It's also important to take steps in the post-operative period to minimize scarring. A variety of maneuvers have been utilized to improve scars. These include techniques designed to decrease tension on the wound closure, these include steri-strips, silicone scar sheeting and compressive support garments.
Massage of scars with a variety of topical agents has been shown to be helpful, as well. It's also important to avoid sun exposure and tanning. When adverse scarring occurs despite these maneuvers, scar revision is occasionally necessary.
If you're concerned about scarring after thigh lift surgery, you should discuss these issues with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses scarring in the post-operative period.
My recommendations are for typical scar management (sun protection, scar massage). If after 1 year you are unhappy with your scars you can discuss revision.
As always, review your concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon.
Scars take 18-24 months to finish maturing
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