About Scar Revision
Whether a person’s scars are the result of a trauma, accident, or surgical procedure, scar revision surgery offers various treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring on the body.
Dr. Cole has extensive knowledge in scarring and regularly performs scar revision surgery for individuals who wish to improve the appearance of scars.
Individuals in need of scar revision repair usually have at least one or more of the following types of scars somewhere on the body:
Keloid Scars: Keloid scars are thick as a result of tissue buildup and grow beyond the edges of a wound. Steroid injections are often the best form of treatment for keloid scars because they decrease the discomfort of the scar while reducing its overall size. In some cases, the scar is removed by excising multiple layers of the skin and placing a skin graft over the wound.
Hypertrophic Scars: Like keloids, hypertrophic scars are thick and raised in appearance, but stay within the borders of a wound. Although hypertrophic scars usually fade away on their own, steroid injections or skin grafts can speed up the healing process.
Contractures: This kind of scarring typically forms when burns or large regions of the skin are affected by an injury. As the skin heals, the scar pulls the boundaries of the skin together, causing discomfort and sometimes limiting bodily movement. Tissue expansion or skin grafts are used to replace the scar after it is excised.
Acne Scars: Scarring left behind by acne can range from minor to very severe. The severity of each individual’s condition will determine what kind of treatment will be most beneficial.
One of the following plans for treatment will be utilized after considering the scar’s texture, cause, size, thickness and position, along with the patient’s known previous ability to heal.
- Injectable Steroids or Antimetabolites: Using a very fine needle, steroids or antimetabolites are injected directly into the scars to break up the scar tissue. After the scar dissipates over time, it is removed through excision and closed.
- Skin Graft: The scar is excised, and a graft of skin is taken from another area of the body and applied in place of the old scar.
- Laser Resurfacing: Acne scars can be reduced or removed from the skin through laser resurfacing. With minimal downtime, Laser (CO2) Skin Resurfacing and Laser Light (Active FX) Treatment work effectively. For best results, 2 to 3 treatments approximately 6 months apart may be needed.
After the procedure is complete, patients can expect to experience some swelling and redness around the area where the scar existed. Depending on where the scar was located, patients may need to limit their physical activity for a few weeks until the incisions fully heal. Prescribed medication can be taken for any discomfort that may exist.
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