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I am a 24 year old female. I had a laparotomy surgery at the age of 14. Four years...

Q:

I am a 24 year old female. I had a laparotomy surgery at the age of 14. Four years later, I had another surgery (ileum – adhesions, bowel obstruction). These two surgeries have left me with scars about 10cm long. Is there a procedure that will reduce or even remove these scars from my abdominal area?

A:

Depending upon the nature of the scars on your abdomen, scar revision surgery may be an option for you. Generally this involves excision of the scar and careful reclosure of the wound and may be done under local or general anesthesia, depending upon the size of the scars. Scar revision is an attempt to improve the appearance or decrease the visibility of the scar, but cannot completely remove a scar, as a new scar forms at the location of the revision surgery. To see if you are a candidate for this type of procedure, a plastic surgeon would need to examine the scar and then discuss your treatment options and the likelihood of improvement.

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