I'm 6 months post op did I develop a keloid scar? (photos)
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You do not have a keloid scar. You do have a hypertrophic scar. You may benefit from laser therapy that targets blood vessels. Best of luck!
Scarring after tummy tuck
From your photos it looks as though you have a hypertrophic scar. Given the width and thickness of your scar as it appears in your photos, you would benefit from a scar revision (cutting the scar out and closing it). It is possible, but much less likely to get a hypertrophic scar the second time around, because there is much less tension on the incision now that your skin has had a chance to relax and heal after your tummy tuck. If you want to avoid surgery a series of steroid injections and laser therapy can help with the thickness and the color- these therapies will not help with the width of the scar.
Best of luck,
Meghan Nadeau, MD Seattle, WA
Your scar is very wide and "hypertrophic". Technically it is not a keloid, but wide and thick nonetheless. Ideally, you need a scar revision, careful recloaure, and postoperative use of Embrace scar therapy for 6 weeks. Look into this; we have used it on all our tummy tuck patients for the last three years and it has really made a difference in the width of the scar.
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