What treatment is best for an arm lift scar revision?

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I had my excess arm skin removed last year and my doctor thinks that everything looks good, but I still want to get rid of the scars from the arm lift surgery. Would Fraxel Laser have any effect on my scars or do I need scar revision surgery? I'd prefer to avoid surgery but if I have no choice, I'll go with that.


F, 58, Connecticut

One of the toughest parts of deciding to move forward with arm lift surgery is knowing that you will live with large scars on your arms for the rest of your life. Depending on your surgeon and how they performed the surgery, your scars could be on the inside of your arm, from armpit to elbow, or could be along the back of your arm or even between the biceps and the triceps. Some surgeons will mark your where the scars will be on your arms with a permanent marker in the days before surgery just so you can adjust to the idea of having scars before the surgery takes place.

If you have red scars, laser treatment may help to lessen the redness over time. But if your scars are prominent or raised, laser treatment will not do much to improve the appearance. Topical treatments and surgical revisions are also options that you could discuss with your plastic surgeon. Ask for their opinion or for a referral to a specialist for laser treatment.

I had arm lift surgery. I know that everyone scars differently. My scars faded gradually from bright red to barely noticeable. Give yourself time to heal and ask your plastic surgeon for a cream to help with the healing. My doctor told me before the surgery that I could have a laser treatment to improve the scars if they were too dark. I think that scar revision surgery is only necessary when the incision forms a thick scar that looks jagged or is raised. I know there are solutions available. If your surgeon doesn't specialize in laser scar reduction treatments, find one that does.