Truth or Myth: Plastic Surgeons' Scars are Better Than Other Doctors'

Many people want plastic surgeons to close wounds created by other surgeons. It is commonly believed that these docs have magical hands and can do a better job at closing wounds than other physicians. It turns out that they are right; plastic surgeons' scars usually do look better than any other type of doctor, surgeons included. And the reason? Often the scar is the whole operation. And plastic surgeons may take hours to close wounds. At the end of a long operation, perhaps by a cardiac surgeon, the last thing a doc wants to do is keep a patient on the operating table longer just to make the scar look better. So, often wounds are closed in one layer, maybe even with staples. And if these are left in longer than a week, then point marks can result. And if the stitches or staples are placed too tight, cross marks develop.

Many people want plastic surgeons to close wounds created by other surgeons. It is commonly believed that these docs have magical hands and can do a better job at closing wounds than other physicians. It turns out that they are right; plastic surgeons' scars usually do look better than any other type of doctor, surgeons included. And the reason? Often the scar is the whole operation. And plastic surgeons may take hours to close wounds. At the end of a long operation, perhaps by a cardiac surgeon, the last thing a doc wants to do is keep a patient on the operating table longer just to make the scar look better. So, often wounds are closed in one layer, maybe even with staples.  And if these are left in longer than a week, then point marks can result. And if the stitches or staples are placed too tight, cross marks develop.


So, why are plastic surgeon's scars better than other docs? I’m going to let you in on a plastic surgeon’s secrets. But, please don’t try this at home...



First, when possible, plastic surgeons orient the scar along a normal wrinkle line or hide it in a natural crease, like the fold between the cheek and the upper lip. Then, the skin is surgically lifted right off of the fat to break the stretch of the skin. Then, the skin is closed in 2 layers: dissolving stitches underneath and fine stitches or glue superficially. And voila! 95% of the time, scars look good. The other 5%?  You can't fight your genes...But the chance of having a good quality scar, one that is hard to see, increases if your doc follows these rules.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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