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Minimize Scars After Surgery

There is no way around it: surgery results in scars. Whenever an incision is made, the body heals with a scar. It’s a four letter word that causes many people to cringe, and a good many more to hesitate and even decide against plastic surgery.

A good scar, however, will continue to fade as the wound heals, until it is hardly even noticeable. Rather than relying on time to heal all of your wounds, there are several things within your power (and the power of your surgeon) that can be done from the time of surgery onward to help you achieve the best, least visible, scar possible.  

Plastic surgeons, more than any other surgeons, are known for their skill when it comes to closing up wounds in the operating room. They are trained in determining not only the best location for the scar, but also the best method to close the tissues to allow them to heal optimally. “There’s a lot of things we can do to help minimize a scar,” shares board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Messa III.“The number one thing is using a very meticulous suture closure.”

Closing - meticulous scar prevention.

Other surgeons may quickly close a wound using staples or heavy sutures. A well trained plastic surgeon, on the other hand, will take the time required to close an incision in multiple layers. This reduces the tension present at the incision line. Less tension at the superficial layers will typically produce better scars in the long run.

The type of sutures that are used play an important role in how the scar will heal. In the strength layer of the skin, known as the dermis, Dr. Messa uses a very fine monofilament suture. These thin sutures glide easily through the tissues, providing much needed short-term support before being quickly and fully absorbed by the body.