Your body forms scars after an injury, surgery or damaged skin. Although, scars can often be itchy, tight, thick or painful limiting your mobility. That’s when scar removal treatment can help. In addition to improving the emergence of a scar, scar removal treatment can reduce pain and make the surrounding skin softer and more elastic.
What Is A Scar?
Throughout our lives, we all have experiences that injure our skin, leaving behind a scar. The formation of scars depends on many factors, including:
- How large the wound is.
- The person’s age, sex, and ethnicity
- Genetic (inherited) factors.
What Is Scar Revision?
Scar revision surgery will aim to minimize a scar so that it is less visible and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
Some of the options available for addressing unwanted scars include treatments such as:
- Surgical excision
- Microneedling treatments
- Laser light therapy
- Steroid injections
- Simple topical treatments
What Are The Four Main Types Of Scars?
There are four main types of scars. Various treatments can help reduce their size and appearance. However, remember the basic truth that scars will never entirely disappear.
- These are red scars that jump up above the skin.
- They do not spread beyond the spot where the injury occurred.
- Feasible treatments include steroid injections and laser surgery.
- These scars rise from the skin and roll out beyond the spot where the injury occurred.
- They are caused by the overproduction of certain cells.
- Over time, keloids may affect mobility
- Feasible treatments include surgery, laser surgery, and radiation or steroid injections.
- You can also put a stop to keloids by using pressure treatment like silicone gel.
- Keloids are more regular in darker skin types, especially people of African or Asian descent.
- Any kind of acne can leave behind scars.
- There are many kinds of acne scars, and they can be shallow or quite deep.
- Treatment depends on the type of scars.
- Typically occur after the skin is burned.
- They cause tightening of the skin that can reduce the ability to move.
- This kind of scar can go into muscles and nerves.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Scar Revision?
Any patient with an unwanted scar on the body that is highly visible and affecting their self-confidence may want to speak to our professional staff to learn about the advantages of treatment.
Scar revision treatment can be performed on individuals with any age and is a good option for you if:
- You are bothered by a scar on your body
- Physically healthy
- Not a smoker
- You have a positive viewpoint and realistic expectations for your scar revision surgery
- You do not have other skin related diseases or other skin diseases in the area to be treated
What Are The Risks Of Scar Revision?
Scar revision risks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Change in skin sensation
- Delayed healing
- Damage to deeper organs including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs can occur
- Allergies to tape
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration and swelling
- Skin sensitivity
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Be Sure To Ask Questions
It’s very necessary to ask your doctor questions about your procedure. It’s natural to feel some worry, whether it’s excitement for your expected new look or a bit stress. Don’t be shy about considering these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
Where Will My Surgery Be Performed?
Scar revision surgery may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s clinic or a hospital. Your doctor and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
When your procedure is completes, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean.
You will be given certain instructions that may include:
- How to care for yourself following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, reduce the risk of infection
- What should you do on the day of your surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your procedure
- Post-operative care and follow-up
When You Go Home?
If you encounter shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention right away. If any of these complications occur, you may need hospitalization and additional treatment.
How Should I Prepare For Scar Revision Surgery?
Before scar revision surgery, you doctor may be asked to:
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take specific medications or adjust your current medications
- Keep away from taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
What Should I Expect During My Scar Revision Recovery?
Progress And Healing
The primary healing stage of a surgical scar revision may contain localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort. It may take 1 to 2 weeks to recover. Healing will continue for various weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly purify and fade. With chemical peel or laser resurfacing, you will experience same conditions at the treated area.
What Kind Of Scars Can Be Treated?
Scars from past acne breakouts, surgical scars, or even scars from accidents can generally be treated with one of the scar revision treatments. Depending on where they are and what kind of scar you have, treatment may vary. Depending on your scar, you may be asked to come in for several treatments to receive the best results.
How Much Will It Cost?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to say without having a consultation. Different treatments will cost different amounts. If you are unsure, call us for a consultation and we can help you understand what you may expect.
The Results Will Be Long-Lasting
The concluding results of your scar removal surgery will be long-lasting. Although good results are expected. However it may take various months for your final results to become apparent. And in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade.
If you’re interested in scar removal treatment for scars from accidents, surgeries, or acne, book an appointment with us today.