Scar Removal in Lucknow

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What is Scar Removal?

Scars can result due to a burn, acne, injury or a surgery. They make you self-conscious and could even hamper the functioning by way of tightness resulting in limitation of movement of joints or deforming the face. A scar removal (or scar revision) surgery can make them less visible, improve functional aspects, decrease the deformities and help overall by boosting confidence.



You can go for scar removal if:

The unwanted scars are affecting your appearance. You tend to wear certain types of clothes and carry certain hairstyles to hide your scars.

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You feel jittery while recalling the accident or incident, which gave you that scar and wish to remove the scar and try to forget the incidence.

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You do not have an active skin disease in the affected area. Having stable and healthy skin around the scar area is important to ensure benefits from scar revision procedure.

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You can avoid exposure to the sun when healing. This is important because sun exposure can make the new scar/skin become dark due to hypersensitivity of the operated area. This may be important for even upto a year.

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You do not have a history of severe health conditions. To ensure good healing after revision it is important that you do not suffer from diseases which may be unfavorable.

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You have realistic goals and a positive outlook for the scar removal surgery. Do not expect miracles. Talk to your surgeon in detail and be sure of what to expect. Scars can only be improved, scars can’t be made to disappear.

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Benefits of Scar revision surgery

Scar revision allows you to avoid people asking you uncomfortable questions that may keep reminding you of the unpleasant accident that may have caused it in the first place.

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Scar removal will help you feel more confident. This may help you be more comfortable in your social interactions whether personal or professional.

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You will have more choice in choosing dresses as now you would not bother as much about the scars showing up. Drop those unnecessary goggles or scarfs worn even when not matching or suiting your dress.

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You may be able to try different hairstyles which you never thought because you used hair for hiding the scars.

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Improved function for scars around certain areas like joints or mouth or eyes.

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Diminishes the scar by reducing discoloration and elevation

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Increments the texture and pigmentation of your skin

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Restores the appearance your natural face

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Minimizes the discomfort caused due to the scar

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Improves functional aspects of the affected area

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Frequently Asked Question

Scars are broadly put into two categories first are those which are called atrophic scars second is called hypertrophic scars. Atrophic scars result from the healing tissue becoming thinner resulting in thinned out depressed scar. Hypertrophic scars tend to heal exuberantly and from excess tissue resulting in raised thick scars. These may further be either limited to the original injury area or may keep growing beyond in which case it is called Keloid. Keloids are the most stubborn scars.

Scars are also classified based on the color. Some appear darker while others are lighter than normal and still others may have variegated color.

Just as there is no single key to open all locks, there is no single surgery for all scars. There are books not chapters so it is not possible to explain in a few lines. Best is to visit an expert experienced plastic surgeon. He will examine your scar, surrounding area and based on your expectations he will suggest what would be best for you.

Steroid injections for Keloid and hypertrophic scars, Z-plasty, M-plasty, local flaps like Limberg or tissue expansion for contractures, flap surgery and skin grafting are just to name a few options for scars.

The patient would need to undergo some blood tests to ensure absence of associated medical conditions or if present allow for getting it under control. Certain imaging modalities may be required to assess joints where the scar has led to restriction of movement. It is important to stop consumption of nicotine in any way before surgery and abstain till full recovery. Preanesthesia checkup would be done to assess for safety.

You may start observing the results within the first week itself. However, visible improvement may take around one year because the scars continue to evolve over this time. You may be advised about care during this period.

The outcome of the scar revision treatment will be long lasting. Yet, be aware that no surgeon can eliminate a scar permanently. The extent of healing may vary as per the surgery method, surgeon, nature and quality of the skin, followed by the size and direction of the scar.



Myths about Scar removal
It is important that to be satisfied from the surgical procedure that you do not carry any misconception about the procedure.
Scars can be removed completely.

An experienced and ethical plastic surgeon would never promise you that he would remove the scar completely. Most plastic surgeons use the term Scar Revision and not removal for this reason only. Scars can only be improved and can’t be made to disappear.

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Creams and medicines can remove scars.

These get sold just because they offer cheap and less invasive options which people try. Fact is that except for very small scars these creams or medicines cannot offer anything to remove scars.

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Sending photographs to seek advice should work.

To decide the best correct treatment plan a plastic surgeon doesn’t just need to see the scar but he needs to feel the depth, its attachment to deeper tissues needs assessment. He also needs to assess the surrounding skin quality, its elasticity and how the manipulation of skin affects the other tissues. Like in face, how treatment may affect eyes, nose or mouth. Your photographs can’t help in getting you genuine advice. Visiting in person is the best way of seeking advice.

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Scars are all the same and need the same kind of treatment.

Scars are different even in twins and skin would behave differently in them until they are monozygotic (identical) twins. Just as one key can’t open all locks similarly one treatment doesn’t suit all scars.

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Side effects of Scar revision surgeries
  • Bleeding & Pain, Bruising, Swelling are most common but temporary side effects and do not require anything more that time and gentle care or few medicines to recover.
  • Delayed healing is less frequent but may happen in diabetics, smokers or certain underlying medical conditions. Here again with dressing and medical care these would resolve.
  • Infection is much rarer these days due to better operating techniques and antibiotics.
  • Recurrence of unfavorable scar is unfortunate but possible side-effect. This is likely because the underlying nature of skin is not going to change. This is why most surgeons avoid surgery in Keloids.


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Dr. Sumit Malhotras's unique, integrated approach to plastic surgery employs only safe, effective, predictable surgical techniques that are driven by uncompromising respect for the natural condition of the human form.He understands that the body changes with time – as do desires.

His integrated approach includes


  • Individualized treatment plan matched to the anatomy, lifestyle, age of an individual.
  • Goal of a natural, balanced outcome with a pleasing appearance.
  • Safe, predictable options clearly understood by the patient.
  • Active patient participation in their education & choices.
  • Safe, world class environment & technologies.
  • Excellent…uncompromising service.Enjoyable experience & outcomes for each patient.
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Educational Qualification

M.Ch. Gold Medalist

Residency
King George Medical University, Lucknow
1997-2000, 2002-2006.
Safdarjung hospital, Plastic surgery and Burn Unit
2000-2002
All India Institute of Med Sciences, New Delhi
1996-1997.
Master of Surgery, Plastic Surgery 2002
Masters of Surgery 2000
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1994

 

Professional Experience

SIPS, Superspeciality Hospital, Lucknow
Since 2005 to date.

Assoc. Prof., ERA's Medical College, Lko
Smile train surgeon (2000+ CLEFT success)
Micro vascular surgeon (revascularized 150+ limbs)
Ex Sr. Resident, Safdarjung hospital, New Delhi
Ex Resident doctor AIIMS
Ex Chief Resident Dept of plastic surgery, KGMC, Lko
Surgeon served as a lead consultant; Cancer
Reconstructive Surgery
Trauma Consultant for the hospital
Burn Specialist Consultant

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, Life Member.
  • Lucknow Plastic Surgery Club, Member.
  • Association of Surgeons of India, Life Member.
  • Indian Medical Association, Life Member.
 
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