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How to Remove Stomach Scars

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Remove Stomach Scars
Close-up of a woman's belly with a scar following a Caeserean section. Photo Credit justtscott/iStock/Getty Images

A scar on the stomach may be the result of an injury or a surgery, such as a Caesarean section or appendectomy. Whatever the case, the soft skin on your stomach may become puckered and reddened after your skin attempts to heal itself after experiencing trauma. Luckily, the skin of the stomach is fairly easy to treat via scar removal and revision tactics. A discussion with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon may yield a number of answers in your quest to remove stomach scars.

Step 1

Wear pressure garments around your stomach to help stop the formation of the scar. If your stomach scar is likely to become a keloid -- a puffy, hypertrophic scar -- your doctor may suggest pressure garments to help inhibit the development of a thick scar, notes the Cleveland Clinic. Luckily, pressure garments worn around the belly can be easily covered with clothes so only you know that you are wearing them.

Step 2

Apple silicone gel pads to your scar to help keep the scar soft. Used as a type of therapy for when scars have already developed, a gel pad is placed over the scar on the stomach and then taped over with medical tape. Worn for 23 or 24 hours at a time, you can see significant improvement from the application procedure. Your dermatologist will tell you how often to wear gel pads and when to take them off.

Step 3

Ask your dermatologist about a chemical peel, suggests the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Chemical peels consist of chemicals like retinoids placed on the skin to create a peeling reaction much like a sunburn. With this skin reaction comes a peeling away of the old, damaged skin to reveal newer, healthier skin underneath. With repeated procedures, your stomach scar can become lighter over time. Just ensure that you're willing to deal with the sometimes painful side effects of the burning and peeling.

Step 4

Discuss fillers with your dermatologist. For scars that are deeply recessed, injectable collagen fillers can help plump up the scar so it's flush with the rest of your skin and less noticeable. Your dermatologist will decide which type of filler is best for your specific stomach scar. Sometimes, your own donor fat can be used, notes the American Academy of Dermatology.

Step 5

Schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon to talk about scar revision surgery. Depending on the size, condition and scope of your stomach scarring, your scar can be surgically removed and then replaced with a skin graft from elsewhere on your body, says the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Scar revision works best for large stomach scars, and while it won't cause the scar to disappear completely, it can help improve the look and feel of a particularly bothersome scar.

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