Thank you for your question.
It would be helpful for us to see pictures. Steroid is a known treatment for hypertrophied and keloid scars but after one year, and if your scars are wide and thick, you might want to consider scar revision and early treatment with silicone sheeting, silicone gel, laser and steroid injection, every 8 weeks.
Hope this helps!
Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
There are always scars following a facelift which will vary depending on many factors. The design of the scars will determine, along with many other factors including heredity, the duration after surgery and other factors, the extent and visibility of the scars. A good plastic surgeon will make every effort to camouflage the scars. Visible scars can also be modified with laser or other techniques.
The #scars from a facelift mature within six to twelve months from the surgery date. It is during this time that the rejuvenating effects of the facelift will become apparent and the real result will be seen. We find that scar reducing product, BioCorneum , appears to be very effective.
If you have certain concerns about the procedures and #healing process, it is recommended to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns.
Scars can be very tricky to reduce, and they become more stubborn
as time goes on. Steroid injections can certainly help, as can certain laser
treatments. But 1 year after surgery, you may be a candidate for a surgical scar
revision. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in
this intricate procedure.
If your scars remain itchy, raised, and painful
a year after surgery it's probably time to consider a scar revision procedure.
You may make some progress with steroid injections and laser treatments, but
scar revision surgery would probably give you the most comprehensive results.
Without seeing photos of the scars or performing a personal exam, it's not
possible to say with certainty what is the best treatment. Raised and thick
scars can be excised, followed by early and regular treatment with silicone
sheeting and gel, as well as steroid injections. Schedule an appointment with
your plastic surgeon to determine the best course of action. Good luck.
Thanks for your question. I'm sorry
to read that your scars are not healing properly. Rest assured that scars can
take a few years to fully mature, so you might not yet be at your final result
at this time. Steroid injections can be used to help soften the scars and
reduce the symptoms associated with them. There are many scar creams, so you
might want to try another brand to see if it is more tolerable for you. I would
wait to undergo revision surgery until there are no more changes with the
scars. Best of luck.
Typicalls scars can take a full year to mature. Therefore, it is reasonable to consider further intervention at this time. Steroid injections can often be helpful as well as scar revision surgery. I recommend you consult your plastic surgeon so he can evaluate the scars and offer further suggestions.
Thank you for your question about your face lift.
- After a year, it is reasonable to consider steroid injections to thick scars.
- There are other injections that can be used and lasers sometimes help as well.
- I suggest you see your own plastic surgeon for her/his advice and treatment.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Most surgeons aren't using this yet, but I find that 5 FU works great on raised red scars, much better than kenalog injections. This anti cancer drug is injected into hypertrophic sccars and they usually get dramatically better in a few weeks. It can be repeated if needed. HoPe this helps
Hi SStarr77. Sorry to hear you are having trouble with the scars this far out of surgery. There are a variety of treatment options, depending upon your skin type...so an in person examination is a must for a definitive recommendation. Nonetheless, laser treatments will soften, flatten and remove the redness. Steroid injections will do the same. Revisional surgery is a consideration, and using different stitches may be helpful, but be prepared that the new scars may be similar. Your original operating PS will be your best resource as they know their closure technique, your recovery course, history and other contributing factors. Good luck!