When the skin is cut or torn from either an accident or even plastic surgery, the body tries to heal itself by creating scar tissue. Scars can be minor and almost invisible, or they can be large, red, unattractive and very noticeable. Many people think scars are permanent, but plastic surgeons have a variety of scar revision techniques that mitigate them, making them appear as smooth and unnoticeable as possible.
If you are tired of unsightly scars and are looking for effective scar revision treatment, contact the office of Dr. Jordan Wallin to schedule a consultation and learn more about the variety of techniques that can be used to lead to less prominent scars.
The scar revision process is a very personal procedure that will vary among patients. It is an effective cosmetic treatment for healthy non-smokers, who lack acne or skin diseases in the targeted area, and who have realistic expectations about the revision process.
There are three different types of scars. Keloid scars are usually painful and itchy and extend beyond the original incision or wound. Contractures are scars that limit movement because they affect skin and underlying tissues. They usually occur after burns. Hypertrophic scars are clusters of tissue that are thick, red, and raised. They might also become larger and wider over time.
It is important to note that scar revision is intended to reduce the scar so it does not look as pronounced in relation to surrounding skin and texture. It is not able to completely eliminate or erase a scar.
Most surgeons will rely on anesthesia to enhance patient comfort. Topical treatments, like gels, or tapes, can help reduce the impact of scars by enhancing the healing process and cutting down the skin’s ability to produce pigment that is irregular to the rest of the body.
Scars that are concave or feature depressions can be improved with injectables. The results of an injectable can last for a few months to several years. Most injectables will focus on reducing the formation of collagen to change the appearance and size of scar tissue that is raised above the skin.
Surface treatments, like dermabrasion or laser therapy, can be used to soften up the skin and smooth out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy is used to promote the growth of healthy and new skin at the site of the scar, while dermabrasion is a deep abrasion of the skin and allows natural reduction in collagen alignment causing scars.
Some surgeons might choose to rely on chemical peels to get into the surface of skin to lighten up a scar and soften other irregularities.
Large scars sometimes require layered closure to reduce movement or deal with the underlying tissue beneath the skin.
Localized swelling and other discomfort is usually a component of healing after scar revision. These issues usually clear up within one to two weeks. The healing process will take place over several weeks as the scar starts to heal, refine itself, and then fade into the skin.
Overall, it might take several months before the skin realizes the final results of a scar revision. Scars can heal at different rates, and some areas of your skin might heal faster than others. The final results of revision surgery will be long-lasting and effective, but some people choose to return to a surgeon’s office to undergo additional revision to reach certain skin goals.
Your plastic surgeon advises when you can return to work and resume other normal activities after a procedure. Follow all instructions to ensure the healing process after a revision is smooth. If you received any stitches, they are usually able to be removed within a few days after a procedure.
Dr. Wallin will work closely with all patients after a scar revision to schedule follow-up visits to inspect the treated areas and get an idea about how the healing process is going. He is always prepared to speak with patients who have any strange symptoms or any other questions about the recovery process.
Whether it was caused by an accident, a bad injury, acne, or the effects of different cosmetic procedure, many people have scars on their body that they are interested in improving. Even though all scars are permanent, an effective plastic surgeon has a variety of techniques they can use to minimize the effects of scarring and make them look less obvious.
During a consultation at his office, Dr. Wallin will review your medical history, examine your scars, get an idea of the treatment you are looking for, and then recommend procedures that will be effective in achieving desired results.