Scars are raised and red post lower body lift. Will they get better on their own or do I need treatment? Any suggestions on how to address?
Had a lower body lift 7 months ago after loosing 100 lbs. I'm concerned about my scars. (photos)
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How can I improve the appearance of my scars?
Scars are raised and red post lower body lift. Will they get better on their own?
Body lift - but scars are raised and red.
- You seem to have a lovely result - except for your scars.
- Scars continue to improve indefinitely.
- But at this point, either vascular laser treatment or steroid/5-FU injections can reduce the thickness and the redness.
- The laser is the better first step, since it removes the redness without the risk of widening the scars.
- Taping and silicone strips often help scars while they heal but are not so effective this long afterwards but are harmless to try.
- Ask your own surgeon what s/he recommends for your first next step.
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Scars will get better with time (and some additional things).
Steroid injection , tapes, or topical creams/ointments are recommended on an individual basis, as steroids can also flatten hard, raised scars, but at the expense of thinning and widening of the scars, sometimes significantly.
For now, time is your best friend, though also your nemesis. Be patient and most patients with scars like yours will be rewarded with improvement that gives you the result you deserve! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Scarring after body lift
Thank you for including photographs and congratulations on achieving your weight loss! You appear to have a nice result overall from your body lift, but the scar lines are hypertrophic (thickened, red, firm, raised). It is essential to see your plastic surgeon about this because there are multiple potential ways to improve them. Injections of steroid directly into the scars, followed by daily use of topical silicone sheeting, can soften and flatten them. Ultimately, you may need revision of the scars and careful monitoring afterward to prevent their recurrence. Best wishes for continued improvement!
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