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donna goode asks:
I have scars on my lower right leg from psoriasis. can plastic surgery help remove or fade this scar

On: 03/12/2013 12:03 pm

To doctors from: Indiana

Category: Skin (General)


DrGustavoGalante on 03/16/2013 10:09 pm wrote:
It depends on what the scars look like and how long they have been there. Generally, scars are a permanent condition, but at times their appearance can be improved. Prior to considering a surgical scar revision, more conservative options to consider are camouflage cosmetics, steroid injections, dermabrasion, and laser surgery.
DrMichelleCopeland on 03/15/2013 04:14 pm wrote:
Whether a scar results from an accident or a previous surgery, for many people it is bit a badge of courage but an unsightly or even deforming mark. In 5 to 10 percent of people, scars become hypertrophied because of an overproduction of scar tissue, and in some cases a keloid develops, causing a scar to appear dark, thickened, and raised. It used to be that to get rid of a scar, doctors had to excise it surgically and resuture the wound in such a way as to minimize its appearance. But that really meant just replacing one blemish with another one potentially just as noticeable.

Fortunately, today we have several ways to improve a scar's appearance. Some techniques are most effective when a scar is still fresh, such as pigment blocking creams to even out color, silicone gel to improve texture, and massage to break down the tissue. But we also have several options after a scar has fully formed. Steroids injected directly into the healed wound can help to shrink the tissue. Microdermabrasion can flatten the scar, while lasers can decrease the blood-vessel formation in the area and normalize color.