What is scar revision?
Scar revision is a surgery designed to improve the appearance of a scar. The results depend on the scar’s size, shape, location and the patient’s age, heredity, and general skin condition.
What are the most common types of scars?
Hypertrophic scar: An excessive amount of scar tissue in an incision or wound. The scar itself appears redder in colour and firmer in texture than the surrounding skin and rises above it.
Keloid scar: This type of scar exhibits the same characteristics as the hypertrophic scar, plus one more aspect — it continues to grow and enlarge with time. Areas most likely to develop keloid scars are the earlobes, chin, neck and shoulders.
Acne scar: The most common type of facial scarring comes from acne infections.
What procedures can lessen the appearance of scars?
The most frequently used procedures are:
- Excision: Although scars cannot be totally eliminated, scar tissue can be removed and wound edges carefully sutured to create an even, narrow scar.
- Filler injections: Scars that lie in appropriate directions and are narrow, but are depressed, can be filled with Restylane, fat, Gore-tex or other filler substances.
- Steroid injections: Some scars, particularly the hypertrophic and keloid scars, are improved by injection of steroid medication. This medication does not narrow the scar but often will flatten and soften it.
- Dermabrasion: Some scars may be smoothed or “sanded” through dermabrasion.
Making your decision
During your initial consultation visit, Dr. Younger evaluates your facial features and discusses any questions and concerns related to the surgery and/or treatment.
Most scars will improve with time and should be allowed several months to mature and completely heal prior to surgery.