Instant gratification comes with each treatment because you can kind of see it start to chip away and disappear.
Dr. Waibel was given the honor of being named “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.
From facelifts to breast implants, all elective surgeries create scars. Wherever possible, cosmetic surgeons are trained to conceal scars in locations where they’re less likely to be noticed, such as under the bikini line for tummy tucks. Ideally, scars from cosmetic surgeries will heal as thin, light-colored lines that people barely notice.
However, improperly healed scars of any size can cause significant psychological distress. The side effects of improperly performed noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures, such as laser and energy-based treatments, chemical peels and dermal fillers, can be equally troubling.
What are the signs of a raised scar from cosmetic surgery?
Improperly healed cosmetic surgery scars can take the following forms:
Surgical scars share many of the characteristics of cosmetic surgery scars. Optimal wound closures and post-surgical care remain very important. The major difference is that surgical scars are often larger. In cases involving emergencies or life-saving surgeries, aesthetic concerns may be a relatively low priority at the time of the surgery, and resulting scars may need to addressed at a later date.
Improperly healed surgical scars can take the following forms:
Who is most susceptible to surgical and cosmetic surgery scars?
Your skin type, age, ethnicity and family history of hypertrophic or keloidal scarring are among the key determinants of scarring after surgery or cosmetic surgery. Additionally, children often develop suboptimal scars because their skin contains more elastin than adult skin, creating higher tension at wound edges. Children have thinner skin than adults so heat injuries (like a water scald injury) cause more serious injury.
Patients on immunosuppressants and those with systemic illnesses such as diabetes or chronic renal failure are most susceptible to wound infections, resulting in poor wound healing. And patients who fail to follow postsurgical instructions or continue to smoke before and after surgery are more prone to scarring. Certain surgical procedures – such as those performed on the trunk and extremities – also are more likely to scar, due to issues with blood flow.
Treatments for keloidal surgical and cosmetic surgery scars