Scars are another by-product of trauma, cuts, surgical incisions, or openings to the body’s soft tissue. We all probably carry the proud badges of our energetic youth, reflected on our knees and elbows in the form of a scar or two. Scars are the body’s attempt to heal itself and regenerate new skin, but went awry. Incisions to the tummy, breast, and face can sometimes leave scars that are undesirable looking and cause excessive tightness and hardening to the area surgery was performed. Invasive procedures such as Liposuction may also create pockets or islands of hardened internal scarring as well. This usually shows up as areas of firmness under the skin, not seen on the surface.
Depending on one’s nationality, extent of the damage to the skin, and area of the skin involved, incisions may become hard, raised, or unsightly. This is called a keloid scar. A keloid develops when too many hard collagen fibers are laid down instead of healthy soft viable skin cells. Scars along the incision line may even stick to the structures below the skin and cause a “dimpling” or “ sunk in” look. This is called scar tissue depression.
Women who undergo Radiation treatment after Breast Cancer may also suffer the complication of skin tightening, limited arm and shoulder mobility, chest expansion limitations, and restrictions near and around the area of radiation treatment. This can sometimes present itself as patches or circles of hard, firm skin that is palpably hard to the touch. Radiation can also affect the reconstructed breast implant prosthesis by causing a scar shell or Capsular Contracture to form, thereby leading to breast shape changes and breast implant firmness.
Sunk in scar to breast
Radiation Reconstruction Scars
Tummy tuck scar lines
The GOOD NEWS
There are a number of simple things that can be done to minimize and reduce scars after surgery or trauma.
The following are well accepted and should be discussed with your surgeon prior to beginning. Guidelines for Scar Reduction: