Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Scar treatment post VASER (for incision points)

In most cases the tiny incision points will heal very well and remain pink for a couple of months post-procedure.
I try and place my VASER access points in fairly inconspicuous areas so they are not that obvious.  Unfortunately some areas that I treat require incisions that are a little more visible.  The placement of the incision points is something you need to discuss with your surgeon beforehand if this if going to be of concern to you.

Points to remember are that they may become:
1.  Keloid- slightly raised and bulky (more common on the chest and back in individuals of darker skin colour)

2. Hypertrophied - slightly stretched.

3. Underlying fibrotic tissue - the underlying tissue feels a little lumpy - this usually resolves with time.
4. Hyperpigmentation - the scar becomes slightly darker compared to the surrounding skin

5. Scar retraction - the scar becomes a little indented

What can you do to prevent this?
Unfortunately genetics play an important role in this and if your skin has those specific qualities then there is not much one can do to prevent this.  Make sure there is not too much tension on the scar (this prevents hypertrophy).
Keloids can be treated with low does steroid injection to flatten them out.

Use bio-oil or even better, a Silicon gel.  There are various types available and they are non-prescription.  Apply the gel 2-3 times a day for about 2-3 months and you will see a vast improvement of the scar.

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