Frequently asked questions about surgical scars

How can scars be reduced?

Creams can be used postoperatively during the healing process to promote the proper evolution of the scar and make it less visible. The Swiss aesthetic clinic also offers a preventive laser treatment after surgery to make the scar almost invisible. Other techniques exist according to each patient's specific needs and can be suggested to you during a consultation with Drs. Pietramaggiori and Scherer.

What is a keloid scar?

A keloid scar occurs when the healing process is abnormal. Collagen fibers are produced in excess, which increases the size and thickness of the scar. It is supposed to be smooth and flexible, but it becomes hard, puffy and fibrous and may extend beyond the injured area. Keloid scars are more common in people with black or Asian skin.

What is a hypertrophic scar?

A hypertrophic scar is similar to a keloid scar, but it develops differently. Unlike a keloid scar, a hypertrophic scar does not extend beyond the scar area. A hypertrophic scar regresses after several months, while a keloid scar can continue to evolve for years.

What scars are there after a breast reduction, breast augmentation or breast lift?

After a breast surgery, scars are usually the same. There may be a circular scar around the nipple and/or a vertical scar from the nipple down to the fold under the breast. A third horizontal scar can be found at the level of the fold under the breast, in this case we talk about inverted T or sea anchor scars.

What is an atrophic scar?

An atrophic scar is a small mark dug into the skin, usually circular in shape. It is caused by acne or chicken pox. Peels and laser treatments can be a solution to reduce this type of scarring.

What scars after a facelift?

Scars from a cervicofacial facelift are located at the temples in the scalp or at the hairline, behind the ear or at the nape of the neck.

What cream should I use on a scar after an operation?

After an operation, a silicone-based cream is usually prescribed. This cream improves the scar's appearance by softening and smoothing the skin, reducing redness and itching, maintaining good hydration and avoiding inflammation.

How to protect a recent scar from the sun?

For proper healing, it is important not to expose the scar to the sun. It is therefore advisable to cover it completely with a garment or a suitable bandage. It is also important to use a good sun protection with a high sun protection factor.

Can a scar disappear?

A scar can never disappear completely, but it can be significantly reduced with various treatments, including laser.

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