Will You Have Tell-Tale Scars?

Plastic Surgeon serving Lutherville Timonium, Baltimore & Columbia areas of Maryland

While plastic surgery has many benefits, and Dr. Adam Basner does the most expert level with all procedures to minimize scars, there will still be some left behind. At any time when your skin is cut, there is possibility of scars.

The good news we have here at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland is there are some wonderful advances in this field that minimizes scars almost to the point of non-existent. Every patient will react differently to the many options out there. Dr. Adam Basner can discuss these options with you, help you select the one that will be best for you and your skin type.

When a patient comes to us at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, we review the things that can make a difference on how you will scar and how easily it will be, it at all, make that scar disappear or at least minimize it. Things such as your age, ethnicity and genetics all play a factor in your skin's healing process, as well as what procedure you have done.

Things we know that will work in helping your scars heal and fade faster are:

Sunscreen: Protecting your skin from the sun will aid it's healing time. You need to use a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and at least a 30 SPF.

Silicone Tape:This is a product that will help the scar fade by creating moisture and keep your collagen from building up.

Scarring Ointment: Regular application of this ointment is recommended during the first few weeks of recovery.

Lasers: A non-invasive laser that pulses light and coagulates the scar tissues, stimulating healthy, new skin. What do we know doesn't work?

Magic Creams: While these may contain vitamin E and claim to heal scars, there has not been any scientific proof these creams work.

Tanning: Going back to the list above on what does work, tanning is complete opposite of using sunscreen to aid scars in healing. Tanning actually causes your skin to lose it's pigment and make the scar even more obvious.

Dr. Adam Basner advises all his patients that scarring is going to happen, it is inevitable. However, using the things that we listed here and discussions with Dr. Basner, you will find there are some things to lessen the show of the scars.