Cosmetic surgery can be a great way to improve your appearance, but it can also leave behind scars. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to help reduce the appearance of these scars. Depending on the type and severity of the scar, you may be able to use skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, laser surgery, scar massage, or steroids to reduce its visibility. Skin grafts involve taking skin from another area of the body and using it to cover the scar.
This is often used for people who have had burns. While scar correction can improve the appearance of a scar, it cannot completely erase it. Scar massage is a technique that can help desensitize and reduce scars by rubbing them with circular movements with firm and constant pressure. A lotion can be used to prevent friction and allow the fingers to slide easily during the massage. Steroids can be used to flatten and reduce hypertrophic scars and keloids.
They can be injected into the scar tissue in a clinic, used at the time of surgery, or applied topically with laser modalities. Surface treatments such as dermabrasion, laser or phototherapy, chemical peel solutions, and skin whitening agents can also be used to soften the surface of the scar and reduce discoloration. Discoloration or surface irregularities and other more subtle scars can be cosmetically improved by surgery or other treatments recommended by a plastic surgeon.