In the event of a cut, tear, burn or abrasion of the skin surface that can extend tp the underlying tissues, the body reacts accordingly by releasing antibodies and coagulants to help close the wound and prevent infection. It does so by creating scar tissue that overtime may either disappear or become increasingly visible to the observer. Scars can also be disfiguring especially when on the face and they result from anything between trauma to acne. Features of unsightly scars can be red, pale, raised or sunken and may cause deformation in the features of the face such as the lips and eyes. Plastic surgeons these days have a wide slew of options that can range from best face scar removal surgery to topical ointments and dermal fillers.
All the existing techniques to remove or correct facial/body scars aim to make the scar tissue disappear or become as less noticeable as possible. Methods used may involve surgical incision, skin manipulation, epidermal treatment and injectables. What method will be most suitable for you depend on the type of scar, the location of the scar, the person’s biological setup and all of the minor details will be discussed, evaluated and outlined in the pre-treatment consultation that every patient undergoes with a plastic surgeon.
Certain scars, especially those that are raised from the skin can be addressed by dermatological tools such as dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. The process involves removing the outer layer of skin that contains most of the scar tissue and the newer skin grows out in the meantime making the scarring less prominent. The scar isn’t permanently removed but the results and eventual natural body healing ensure that it will be smoother and almost invisible.
Extreme cases of scarring such as keloids or hypertropic scarring may be initially addressed by dermal fillers or other prescriptions before non-invasive treatment, otherwise surgery to remove the scar is the best option to decrease scar tissue volume, make the scar less prominent and results in successful diminishing of scarring.
Prescription creams, and other medications are also effective in treating minor scars caused by cuts and accidents. For plastic surgery, over the counter treatment is an option that should be discussed with your surgeon. Sometimes, such treatments may involve ingesting of synthetic supplements, steroids along with topical antihistamine creams since scar tissue tends to be randomly irritated, painful or itchy. Similarly, scarring from acute cases of acne is also increasingly common with certain demographics. Your surgeon will give you an answer to the best treatment for you after evaluation of your current state and previous medical history. Pressure treatment of silicone gel or support garments can also be effective in some cases.
Surgical treatment of scars is usually done for the more severe cases since acne scarring can be treated in a variety of non-invasive ways. Depending on each individual case, there are various methods that a plastic surgeon knows of to treat deeper scars whether they are depressions or raised scar tissue. This can range from skin grafting, epidermal excision, laser treatment and traditional surgery or a combination of some. Burn scars are effectively treated by skin grafts while laser resurfacing is carried out on extensive shallow scarring. Scarring that disfigures or impairs functional ability can be better solved by surgery. If the scars are a result of surgery it is advised to wait until you heal, safely between 6 months to a year, before electing for scar correction surgery. Time will still remain the best healing factor for scars and other treatments only serve to diminish scarring and its effects.
Following facial scar revision the patient may feel a little discomfort since tenderness, swelling and redness is inevitable. This is why it is important to remember and follow the instructions set down by your surgeon after surgery especially if you are trying to treat a scar that once existed. Stitches will be removed within a week after surgery and the scars will be noticeably smaller and less significant. It is absolutely necessary to let your skin heal. Mostly it is advised to limit strenuous activity, and to sleep with the face propped up to prevent swelling and blood clots from forming. Cold compressing tools and support garments are effective to keep down bruising. Certain activities related to the areas of the face that were surgically treated may have to be avoided or modified; again your surgeon will instruct you best on that. Any medication that has been prescribed must be taken and any other medication should be discussed with the doctor before ingesting. Final results are visible many months after surgery, so it is important to follow instructions and be patient. The best face scar removal surgery result is the return of self-esteem and confidence boost since the removal of scars make you feel better about yourself.
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