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My daughter is 20 years old and applies a ton of make-up to camouflage her scars. What are her options for making those scars less noticeable?
The goal is to improve the appearance of the scar either by disguising it or by minimizing its prominence. Your physician will evaluate your daughter’s skin type and the type of scarring in order to determine possible treatment plans. Options may include dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, injectable filler, or skin graft surgery. Your daughter’s physician will go over the alternatives, benefits, and risks, thoroughly explaining the procedures before deciding on the optimal plan. The result will be a less noticeable scar and a tremendous increase in self-confidence.
On the horizon may be a revolutionary technique for having surgery. Cyberspace surgery has been successfully performed in Canada. A surgeon used computer controls to guide a telerobotic named Zeus to perform a minimally invasive surgery on a patient miles away. This three-armed robot is able to translate the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist, and finger movements to instruments inside the patient. Done over the Internet, through the existing Bell Canada and Cisco Systems cable network, the surgery received the highest signal priority, ahead of secure banking data.
The technology is limited to non-invasive procedures. It will probably be a very long time before this is widespread and readily accepted. Experts in this technology state that the benefits will be seen mostly to patients in remote areas. For example, in northern Canada where it is hard to attract specialized surgeons, this technology would provide services to these communities.
As you plan for a procedure this summer, it is as important to plan for your recovery. Consider the following suggestions to reduce discomfort and speed up the recovery process.
- Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, which interfere with blood clotting and healing.
- Refrain from smoking; the combination of nicotine and carbon monoxide deprives the body of oxygen needed for healing and resistance to infection.
- Avoid direct sunlight; your skin will be extra sensitive and irritated if exposed for any length of time.
- Avoid rigorous activity or any activity that may risk injury.
- Fill prescriptions before your surgery.
- Prepare meals in advance.
Healing varies with each person; however, with proper planning and care you can make your recovery time more pleasant and your summer more enjoyable.