I had a tummy tuck 9 years ago. My scar did not fade much. Besides redoing it, how can I fade the scar? (photo)
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Scar 9 years later
How to help fade scar after a TT
Hope this helps. Dr. Newall
I had a tummy tuck 9 years ago. My scar did not fade much. Besides redoing it, how can I fade the scar?
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9 yr old TT scars not fading
Stretch marks: i wish I had a good answer! TT scar: Scars are typically a different colour from the surrounding skin for 2 reasons. either they have an increased blood supply in which case they are pink or red or they have excess skin pigment i.e. melanin in which case they are brown. Early scars tend to have an increased blood supply and are pink or red. As the scar matures this fades to pale. In most patients this will happen over 6-12 months although it can take years in some cases, this is unusual. Excess pigment in scars may be due to inflammation or infection following surgery alternatively some people just make pigmented scars.I would need to examine you but I think based on your photo that your scar is probably brown / pigmented. Silicone gel will make no difference. I suspect if you re-operate you will get a similar scar. However, if the healing first time round was slow or you had an infection then it is possible that you would make a better scar following revision. On balance I would tend to leave the scar alone.Of course you are advised to see a suitably qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.