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    How can I minimise the scars on my nose?

    I have scars on my nose and I would like recommendations on options to either improving them or removing them with not too much downtime. I would like to speak to a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon that specialises in dealing with patients that have pre-existing scars. Can someone help me please or offer advice?
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    Dr Mark McGovern

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Hi, my name is Mark McGovern. I am a qualified Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I have been in practice on the Sunshine Coast since … View Profile

    To answer this question acurately we must be able to see the scar. If the scar is an ice-pick type acne scar (commonly found on the nose and face), then a punch excision would be performed. This means surgically removing the scar and putting one or two stitches in place for 5 days.
    The procedure would be performed in our rooms under local anaesthetic - similar to going to the dentist. You will still be left with a small scar, but it would be flush with the skin and much less noticeable.
    I hope this helps and would be very happy to discuss this further if you could provide images of your scar…

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    Dr Roger Woods

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Woods is an accomplished Plastic Surgeon, caring for children and adults in Adelaide, who have cosmetic concerns or require reconstruction after cancer or injuries. … View Profile

    A specialist consultation will enable you to have a careful discussion about your specific scars and the concerns you have.  Plastic surgeons have a range of treatments available to improve scars, ranging from excising and re-suturing the scar, surgically modifying the position of the scar to assist in hiding it, or injecting ‘filler’ under the scar to improve its contour (often your own fat cells can be used to provide a long lasting result).
    Most of these procedures can be performed without too much downtime, often as an outpatient or day surgery procedure, and have relatively rapid recovery.
    Get in touch with a plastic surgeon near you to help out -good luck.

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