Scar revision includes techniques that improve the appearance of an unsightly scar, regardless of its size, type or age. Though scars can never be completely removed, the appearance of scarring can be greatly diminished.
The best candidates for scar revision are in good health and have realistic expectations.
After scar revision, the appearance of your scar should be greatly reduced. Scar revision can improve the size, shape and color of your scar. Multiple procedures may be needed to achieve optimal results.
There are several different techniques that can be used during your scar revision. During a consultation, we can discuss the best techniques and if you are a suitable candidate.
Your scar revision may involve one or more of the following techniques:
Topical treatments (gels, creams, external compression) can treat mild scarring or changes in pigmentation. Injectable treatments like dermal fillers are best for filling in scar depressions. These treatment options can provide long-lasting improvements, however, they are not always permanent.
Surface treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser therapy and skin bleaching can improve skin tone and texture. More than one treatment may be needed to achieve optimal results.
Surgical scar revision is only used in more severe cases. Reconstructive techniques like Z-plasty, tissue expansion or skin grafting replace a prominent scar with a less noticeable scar.
Scar revision recovery varies depending on the procedure you have elected. Topical and injectable treatments rarely require downtime. Surface treatments and surgical removal can require several days of recovery. You may experience some temporary bruising, swelling or discomfort. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can be used to manage pain.
Topical and injectable treatments are likely to require sustained application to maintain results. The final results of surface treatments and surgical removal may not be visible for several weeks to months. It is important to protect the treatment area from direct sun exposure for several weeks. Additional details about your specific recovery will be discussed during your consultation.
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