Whether your scar is recent or you have been living with it for most of your life, there is something you can do about it. Scar revision surgery is a type of plastic surgery that can improve the condition or appearance of a scar anywhere on your body.
What Are Scars?
Scars are the visible signs of a wound and a natural part of your body’s healing process. When the deep layer of your skin (dermis) is damaged, new collagen fibers form to help mend the damage. The new scar tissue is a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue and may be flat, raised or depressed.
There are different types of scars, including:
- Discoloration or surface irregularities
- Hypertropic scars
The type of scar you have will determine the recommended treatment technique your plastic surgeon will recommend.
Who Qualifies for Scar Revision Surgery?
The best candidates for scar revision surgery are those who are physically healthy, do not smoke and do not have any skin diseases in the area to be treated. While they are bothered enough by a scar on their body to seek treatment, they should have a positive outlook and realistic goals of the procedure.
How Should You Prepare for Your First Appointment?
Before your surgery can be scheduled you will need to meet with your plastic surgeon to complete a consultation appointment. While there, they will review your medical history, including information about previous surgeries and use of medications, and complete an exam of your skin and scar.
You and your surgeon will also discuss the reasons you want scar revision surgery, your treatment options and the likely outcome of the procedure.
The exact treatment depends on the severity of your scarring and the type, size and location of your scar.
Gels, tapes and external compression can be used to treat surface scars and discoloration. They can also be utilized to assist in the healing of scar revision procedures.
Dermal fillers can be used to fill in depressed or concaved scars. Steroidal-based compounds can reduce collagen formation, which can alter the appearance, size and texture of a raised scar.
This treatment can reduce uneven pigmentation and soften irregularities. They can be used to remove the top layers of skin, changing the nature of the tissue. Treatment options include:
- Laser or light therapy
- Chemical peel
- Skin bleaching
For deeper scars, an incision may be needed to surgically remove the old scar.
This procedure is used when the wound affects deeper layers of the skin or if it is in an area of high movement. A subdermal closure is needed to close up each layer of skin, resulting in closure to the surface wound.
After one to two weeks of swelling and discomfort, you will begin to see the results. As the new scar heals, you will see it slowly refine and fade.
The results of scar revision surgery are long-lasting.
To learn more or to see if you qualify for scar revision surgery, contact the professionals today at ENT of Athens today.