Do Plastic Surgery Scars Go Away?

A close up of a woman pinching her belly fat wearing a black t shirt and black underwearMost people who are considering plastic surgery want to know about the scars. It’s true that all of these procedures will leave behind some degree of scarring because incisions are made in the deeper layers of skin. These scars will be permanent, although their appearance “matures” over time, typically becoming less red, less raised and generally less visible. 

How bad will the scar be?

It’s completely understandable to be nervous about scars. After all, you want your results to be worth the tradeoff of scars. We can tell you anecdotally that the vast majority of patients love their results and find the scars to be of no cponsequence in the long-term minimal. You can view Dr. Fugo’s before-and-after photos prior to or following your consultation, alloowing you to visualize how real patients wear their scars.

There are numerous factors that will influence the final look of the scar(s), including:

  • The location of the scar
  • Genetics
  • Personal history of scarring (what other scars look like on your body)
  • Steps taken to minimize scarring as it heals (silicone sheets, sun protection, and proper care as outlined by our team)

Rely on us to walk you through all of the ways you can promote effective scar-healing with aftercare that will prevent worsening the appearance of the scars.

Will it be obvious to other people?

It really depends. When you are nude, it is possible that certain scars will be visible, albeit flatter than they were at first and closer to your natural skin color. It is largely individual how these scars will look.

As for the placement on your body, it’s entirely dependent on the type of procedure. Incisions are made on the area being treated and tend to vary with the amount of skin and tissue being modified. Liposuction is an example of a procedure that uses small, subcentimeter incisions that can be well-hidden. Even tummy tuck scars are typically concealed beneath panties and swimsuit bottoms. In all cases, Dr. Fugo makes incisions that are as hidden and minimal as possible.

What can I do to make it as minimal as possible?

There are several ways you can be mindful about scar care and promoting the proper healing of scars:

  • Follow the aftercare and recovery instructions exactly
  • Follow our directions for which scar products options to choose and which to avoid
  • Attend your follow-up appointments with Dr. Fugo
  • Wear sunscreen over the scar anytime it is exposed (after it has healed)
  • Choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced and qualified

Although the final appearance of a scar is to a large extent out of a person’s control (because of genetics and your skin’s natural propensities), we will make sure you know about everything that is within your control.

A Plastic Surgeon Committed to You

It’s important to choose an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Fugo who understands incision placement, limiting tension on the incision sites, and proper incision care. To arrange a consultation to discuss plastic surgery with Dr. Fugo in New Windsor, NY, please call our team at 845-565-7040.




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