If you’ve been searching for removal techniques for stomach scars, but are fed up with “miracle creams” that promise but don’t deliver and don’t want to undergo a stomach scar revision surgery, there are alternatives to surgery that require no downtime, are relatively painless and cost far less than surgery.
While there are many ways a stomach can get scars, no matter how they come about, most people would like to reduce the appearance of their abdominal scars if it was easy, relatively painless and didn’t involve scar revision surgery.
Hypertrophic and keloid scars
For people with hypertrophic scars or keloid scarring – fairly common abnormal thickening and coloration of scars – scarring is that much more noticeable. Keloids can form sometime after healing, and their ability to grow beyond the wound margins are what distinguishes them from hypertrophic scars. Hypertrophic scarring is an abnormal thickening of scar tissue, and like keloid scars, may be pink to brown in color, but the thickened scar tissue of a hypertrophic scar is confined to the wound site. Hypertrophic scars can occur within weeks of wound closure and sometimes improve on their own over time.
(Results vary by individual patient and results cannot be guaranteed)
Types of stomach scars
- Caesarean section scars
C-section scars are 4 to 6 inches wide in an arc just above the pubic area. Though used rarely now, sometimes a vertical incision is made that is much more visible than the horizontal incision.
- Tummy tuck scars
Adbominoplasty or “tummy tuck” scars are quite wide, extending from just inside the hip on one side of the abdomen to the other. The incision is usually made just above the pubic hairline.
- Laparoscopic surgery scars
Laparoscopy is used for internal examination/assessment and surgery. A laparoscopy scar is usually small – about ¼” wide. Sometimes, in laparoscopic surgery, there is more than one “keyhole” scar from incisions made for other small surgical instruments.
- Appendectomy scars
If the surgery is not performed by “keyhole” or laparoscopy, an appendectomy scar can be 3 or 4 inches wide, several inches below the naval toward the outside of the abdomen.
- Burn scars
- Accident scars
Treatments for stomach scars
Our Vancouver clinic provides non-surgical scar reduction, including, Fraxel ® laser scar removal / reduction. Fraxel laser softens, smoothens and lightens dark scar tissue, making the stomach scar much less noticeable.
Corticosteroid injections may also be an effective treatment for raised, dark keloid or hypertrophic scars. Several corticosteroid injection treatments may be needed to reduce the stomach scar’s appearances.
SkinMedica’s Scar Recovery Gel can help reduce the appearance of scars, particularly if they are recent.
The Venus Viva is an ablative but no-downtime treatment for scarring.
More information about stomach scars
- Read more about scars at WebMD.
- Read Lasers deemed highly effective treatment for excessive scars – an article about a medical review published in “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.