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Why do people get plastic surgery to fix scars from other surgeries?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgical correction of scars from other surgeries is often performed. Our goal as board certified plastic surgeons is to reduce the thickness, color, and size of the scar whenever possible. Scar revision surgery may be helpful with widespread and hypertrophic scars to reduce the thickness and the feel in the scar. Keloids on the other hand may be worsened by scar revision, creating more out of control collagen formation and thickening. Scar revision on a wound without tension is the key to minimizing the existing scar.
Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Many people want plastic surgeons to close wounds created by other surgeons. It is commonly believed that these docs have magical hands and can do a better job at closing wounds than other physicians. It turns out that they are right; plastic surgeons' scars usually do look better than any other type of doctor, surgeons included. And the reason? Often the scar is the whole operation. And plastic surgeons may take hours to close wounds. At the end of a long operation, perhaps by a cardiac surgeon, the last thing a doc wants to do is keep a patient on the operating table longer just to make the scar look better. So, often wounds are closed in one layer, maybe even with staples.  And if these are left in longer than a week, then point marks can result. And if the stitches or staples are placed too tight, cross marks develop.

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