Surgical Scar Revision
Scar revision is a set of plastic surgery procedures designed and performed to improve the condition of a scar with a view to minimize its visibility or prominence. There are various types of scars and they can occur any where on the patient’s body. Accordingly, a variety of effective techniques and promising approaches are available today to help significantly reduce, and in many cases completely remove, almost any type of scar.
Scars that are characterized by discoloration and minor surface irregularities, unsightly though, usually do not impair function or cause physical discomfort. These include acne scars or scars resulting from minor injury and prior surgical incisions.
Then there are more prominent, thickly clustered hypertropic scars that are distinguished by their raised, redish appearance. Hypertropic scars usually become wider over time and may feel uncomfortable as well.
Perhaps the most pestering kind of scars are the keloids that usually find their way in places having little underlying fatty tissue such as the face, ears, neck, shoulders and chest. As compared to hypertropic scars these are relatively larger, and potentially more extending beyond the edges of an original wound or incision, and as they expand and pucker, they can also become more painful or itchy.
Finally, contractures are scars that develop when a wound or burn has the surface skin and the underlying tissue pulled together or contracted during healing, often due to a large amount of tissue loss. These scars will often restrict free movement specially where a wound crosses a joint such as elbows, knees and fingers.
Fortunately plastic surgery, a discipline that had originally started with successful experimental treatments of scars occurring in wars, has today developed several sophisticated techniques to remove or reduce any type of scar whether it occurs in a combat, or results from an accidental injury, is caused by a medical condition, or left by a previous surgery, or even if it happens to be a tattoo that you don’t want any more and wish to have removed.
Accordingly, the choice of a treatment will depend on many factors including the scar type, its size and location, your general health status, any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors, and, of course, your preferences and expectations.
After examining your particular situation our plastic and cosmetic surgeon will discuss your options explaining potential complications, if any, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment to help you get rid of the stigma your scar and the stigma it carries.
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