Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

A really, really excellent scar.

The scar is between the two purple arrows.

The hairline scar is between the two purple arrows.

Any incision that goes all the way through the skin will leave a scar.  That the way higher organisms like you and me heal.  Scarless surgery is just not possible.

Patients are always concerned about scarring and so are plastic surgeons.  Plastic surgeons are good about hiding scars in wrinkles or skin creases or along natural structures.  It’s not that we don’t leave scars.  We just hide them.

The example on the left is one of the BEST scars I have seen.  This was a lady who came in for revision of a breast procedure done about 20 years ago and I had a hard time finding this scar.   This is what we call a hairline scar because it is not much thicker than a hair.  The fact that this lady healed so beautifully the first time around is a good indicator that the scar  I leave will also end up being hard to see.  Also, my scar may end up being even a little better because the patient is 20 years older and older patients scar less than younger patients.  Weird, huh?  But it’s true.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


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