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Scar redness after drinking alcohol. Is this normal?

Q:

I had a scar revision at the corner of my left eye about 15 months ago. I notice that when I drink alcohol, the scar gets really RED! Why does this happen? Will this remain my whole life or is my scar still healing? I have other scars but they don't turn red. It makes me self conscious and I keep staring at it in the mirror when it's red. Please advise, thx.

A:

Max,

 At 15 months after surgery your scar has most likely completely matured. Sometimes there can be vascular ingrowth or Telangiectasias that develop around a scar. If this is the case it can easily be managed by laser ablation. An examination would be of great assistance in making a determination on what treatment would be necessary to address your concerns.  Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

 

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