Scar Therapy

Scars can be unsightly and cause embarrassment for many people. They can also be a reason people are apprehensive about receiving cosmetic surgery. 

With scar therapy at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery, you can say goodbye to those worries. With the scar therapy treatments we offer, you can ensure any scarring you experience is minimal and very faint.

What is Scar Therapy?

Scar therapy can be a great solution to help minimize the appearance of scars after a cosmetic procedure. Whether you had breast augmentation, a mommy makeover, liposuction, a brow lift, or another treatment, scar therapy can ensure there is next to no evidence that you had anything done.

The scar therapy options we offer at Dr. Andrews Plastic Therapy include:

  • Steri Strips: Dr. Andrews uses 3M™ Steri-Strip Adhesive Closures to support incisions and stop them from separating. When used, these strips can reduce the appearance of a scar overall.
  • Silicone Sheeting/Lotions or Gels: Silicone products like sheeting, lotions, and gels can be applied directly to the incisions during the start of the healing process. Silicone has been repeatedly shown to improve the look of scars. It does this by improving the hydration in and around the scar, leaving you with a softer, flatter, and lighter appearance.
  • Embrace by Neodyne: This innovative scar treatment takes the tension off the skin and promotes proper healing at the treatment site. This is recommended for high-tension scars like ones you may expect from a tummy tuck or on longer breast surgery incisions.
  • Steroid Injections: Steroid injections can also be a great way to treat hypertrophic and keloid scars that are often thick and raised. They can relieve itching, address redness, and flatten scars, diminishing how prominent they look.

Who is a Good Candidate For Scar Therapy?

Most people who have cosmetic surgery at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery are good candidates for some type of scar therapy. During your consultation, Dr. Andrews will discuss scar therapy and determine which one is best for you.

The Scar Therapy Procedure

The scar therapy procedure depends on the type of scar therapy you’re having. For Steri Strips, the strips will simply be placed over your incisions to ensure your skin stays together and that your scars are minimal.

With silicone sheeting, lotions, or gels, these products are applied right to the incisions and will need to be repeatedly applied during the healing process.

For embrace by Neodyne, the dressing is applied to the incision site, and it shrinks to relieve the tension on the skin. This ensures better healing at the treatment site and that your scars are much more minimal than if this therapy wasn’t used.

When steroid injections are used, they will be injected directly into the scar to flatten it and reduce any redness or itching you’re experiencing. This treatment can be used for scars from cosmetic surgery or keloid or hypertrophic scars that are due to another type of skin injury. You may need injections every few weeks to see optimal results.


Any aftercare you may need depends on the type of scar therapy you’re receiving. Silicone sheeting will need to be worn for a few months, and the area under it will need to be washed and cleaned. Embrace will be worn for about ten days at a time and then will need to be changed. 

Steri Strips are typically meant to stay on for 5-7 days. They shouldn’t be kept on the treatment site for more than two weeks.

With steroid injections, you will be advised to massage the scar to break up the scar tissue and make the injection more effective.

board-certified plastic surgeon


Dr. Kahlil Andrews is a board-certified plastic surgeon from Los Angeles specializing in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

At his location in Coralville, Iowa, Dr. Andrews’ academic and technical achievements are only exceeded by his commitment to patient care. Whether they are seeking reconstructive breast surgery, outpatient injectable treatment, or a full-blown mommy makeover, Dr. Andrews gives his full attention and focus on achieving excellent patient outcomes.



I was treated better and with more respect than in any medical setting, I have previously experienced. They were compassionate, knowledgeable, and informative. I strongly recommend Dr. Andrews and his very capable team! – Sophia Joseph

I went to see Dr. Andrews recently. The entire staff was welcoming and friendly. Dr. Andrews took the time to explain to me my options and answered all my questions. I can’t wait to have my procedure. – Aleigha De Leon


Schedule A Consultation

Are you apprehensive about cosmetic surgery because of the possibility of a visible scar? Or are you dealing with a keloid or hypertrophic scar and looking for treatment? Either way, we can help you address any scarring worries at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery. 

To learn more, schedule a consultation today. Call our Coralville, IA office at (319) 800-6877 or use our online scheduling form.

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