Healing Scars after Plastic Surgery

A common concern among patients is having a noticeable scar after a procedure.  Plastic surgery procedures will usually involve incisions in the skin and any injury to the skin will result in visible scars.  This is just how the body heals.  The good news is that plastic surgeons know where to place the scars to make them less noticeable.  Most people will heal their incisions well. Some people, however, can have some scar problems due to local issues such as delayed healing, superficial infection, or poor post-operative wound care.  And there are some who are genetically predisposed to large, protuberant scars called keloids.

How does the body heal wounds?

There are three phases of wound healing, each with its own function and appearance.  The first is the inflammatory phase.  In the first few days after your procedure, the wound will look swollen and red and can be sore to the touch.  This is due to the appearance of inflammatory cells releasing chemicals to prepare the wound for healing.  Over the next 6-8 weeks, the scar is in the proliferative phase.  The scar may noticeably increase in size as healing collagen is continually added, increasing the strength of the wound.  The last phase is the remodeling phase, lasting anywhere from 4-12 months.  You will notice the scar shrink in size as it remodels itself, breaking down the excess healing collagen and replacing it with the permanent collagen.

What can we do to help reduce a scar after plastic surgery?

There are several therapies I have found successful with patients.  The first is scar massage; frequent, vigorous massage of the area. During the second phase of wound healing, the new scar tissue is immature and with adequate massage therapy you can prevent this scar tissue from becoming permanent.   That’s right!  Simply rubbing a scar can improve its appearance.   Another effective treatment is Silicone Sheeting, the most clinically studied option.  A silicone scar sheet, lined on one side with silicone gel, is placed directly over the scar.  The silicone works to relieve redness, pain, and itching while improving the overall appearance of the scar.

Finally, there is always a possibility that a scar will require injection of steroids or a surgical procedure to improve its quality.  This is most common after traumatic injuries, even those immediately repaired by a plastic surgeon, often due to poor location of the wound.  As mentioned previously, the position or alignment of the scar on the body greatly influences the acceptability of it’s appearance.  Some scars will respond to steroid injections, but this treatment carries the possibility of depigmentation and scar spreading.  Others will require a surgical revision to either change the position or alignment, also with its own specific risks.

But don’t be discouraged. In elective cosmetic surgery, preoperative planning allows us to place scars in the most inconspicuous positions.  These wounds also tend to heal most favorably due to the ideal conditions under which they are placed.  Best of all, you will know the exact location prior to your surgery.  Remember, scarring is only one consideration when you are thinking about a cosmetic procedure.  Only a detailed consultation with a plastic surgeon can help you make an informed decision regarding the suitability of any procedure.

William Franckle, MD, FACS provides breast augmentation, liposuction, body contouring, and other cosmetic procedures in South Jersey. Call 856.772.6500 or contact us online to request a consultation.

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Meet Dr. William Franckle Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

We know that you have many options when choosing a plastic surgeon. Dr. Franckle and his staff are dedicated to providing you with a caring and professional surgical experience. Time and time again our patients credit Dr. Franckle’s expertise and the kindness of our staff as the reason for choosing our practice. Dr. Franckle is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons in the practice of plastic surgery. Attention to detail, meticulous skill, and an artistic eye make Dr. Franckle an expert in such procedures as rhinoplasty (nose job), breast augmentation (breast implants), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), facelift, and non-surgical treatments (Botox and injectable fillers).

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What to Expect With Liposuction >>⁠

Liposuction will be performed on an outpatient basis, using either general or local anesthesia, so you will need someone to bring you home. Depending on the type of liposuction, Dr. Franckle will use a sterile solution, sound waves, laser, or another method to break down fat cells within the targeted area. He will then remove the broken-down fat cells through a thin tube, called a cannula, which will be inserted into the area through a small incision.⁠

Dr. Franckle provides patients with specific instructions for recovery based on their situation. Most patients experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks after liposuction. You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection and wear a compression garment to control swelling. In most cases, you will be able to return to work within a few days and normal activities within a few weeks. While liposuction should permanently remove these fat cells, you’ll need to maintain a stable weight to prevent the formation of new fat cells.⁠



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Tummy tuck or Body Contouring or Both? >>⁠

Many patients choose to undergo abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in conjunction with other body contouring procedures to help reduce the downtime associated with recovery. One popular option is liposuction to help remove stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise alone.⁠

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- Body Jet Liposuction⁠

- Butt Enhancement⁠

- Mommy Makeover⁠

- Labiaplasty⁠

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What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Consultation?⁠

The first step in the consultation is to review your medical history. During the medical review, it is important that you share any history of breathing issues or allergies, which could impact the nasal passage and results of the surgery.⁠

Dr. Franckle will also use Vectra 3D Imaging during the consultation, which allows patients to view a preview of the results before they commit to rhinoplasty.... how great is that!?⁠

Once Dr. Franckle understands your unique aesthetic goals, he can decide the best type of surgical procedure to meet those goals. #hereforyou⁠

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What is a Mommy Makeover? ⁠

The three commonly paired procedures for a mommy makeover include: Breasts, Tummy Tuck, and Liposuction⁠

Each pregnancy is 100% unique, as is each mother’s body. As such, each procedure plan designed by Dr. Franckle is entirely different from one patient to the next.⁠

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Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation?⁠

- Flat chest or lack of volume⁠

- Asymmetry between breasts with one noticeably smaller than the other⁠

- Sagging or flat breasts due to weight loss, aging, or pregnancy⁠

- Tubular breasts resulting in uneven, constricted, or deformed breast shape⁠

If you have fully developed breasts and are unhappy with their size or shape, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Candidates should also be non-smoking adults in good physical health and should not be pregnant or currently be breastfeeding.⁠

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