Can Scarring from Cosmetic Surgery be Erased?

Scarring is one of the biggest side-effects of most cosmetic surgeries, leaving a bitter reminder of what was and perhaps not fully removing the imperfection that the cosmetic surgery was supposed to perfect. Scars can disappear with time, but can also become more vivid and raised which could be an issue should the cosmetic surgery be in a visible place.

Scarring will differ from person to person, and it is unknown as to why some scars are more vivid than others. Scarring will normally occur when both the top and lower layer of skin is broken; collagen is then produced which is a protein produced by the body to almost stick the wound back together. However, sometimes too much collagen can be formed which will cause a raised scar and this can even form on top of healthy tissue.

Whilst it is thought that a good surgical procedure, good genes and the position of the wound will all help with the minimisation of scarring there are thought to be other techniques and drugs that can help. Keeping the wound moist after surgery will prevent collagen from overflowing. Massaging the wound for as little as one minute a day will also help break up the scar.

If you already have a scar, but it is still a recent one, there is laser therapy available which targets the blood that feeds the scar and helps diminish its appearance. Should the scar be too old for this kind of treatment then removal by surgery may be the only option. If you have a scar you would like removing, it would be a good idea to consult your local GP as to whether you could receive treatment on the NHS or if you should consult a plastic surgeon. 

Friday 13th November 2009

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