Scar Revision is a treatment or surgery (depending on the type of scarring) to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function, and corrects skin changes (disfigurement) caused by an auto accident, injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Scar Revision?
You may need to consider scar revision if you have had a surgery that left you with more scarring than you had anticipated. You may also consider the procedure if you have been injured. However, the surgery is not going to make the scars vanish. At Executive Plastic Surgeon we believe that is vital that patients understand that we can improve the scarring but not erase it.
Scar revision can be used for improvement of both the appearance and the function of disfigured skin. Hypertrophic scars (sometimes caused by burns) can cause serious issues with function and limit muscle movement.
What Can Be Accomplished With A Scar Revision Procedure?
The goal, as with all procedures that Dr. Shaher W. Khan, M.D. performs at our Detroit area office, is to make the patient look and feel better. Whether the patient is self-conscious of the appearance of the scarring or is dealing with pain or problems from scar tissue healing improperly, we are committed to helping each person live their best life.
Another important factor is how long you have had the scarring. It is recommended to wait at least a year before considering scar revision. This is because it will take time for the skin to heal and it is not possible to know how much of the scarring will last. Sometimes, patients are eager to get rid of their scars but rushing into the procedure is not wise. You should wait to see what the scarring will look and feel like after it has been given time to heal.
Scar revision is sometimes needed after an injury but can also be performed on scars from prior medical procedures. It is important to understand that not all scars are the same and that different scarring will require different considerations on your part and on the part of your doctor.
There are multiple procedures which can help to reduce scarring issues:
Dermabrasion is minimally invasive. It softens the surface of the skin and reduces irregularities by brushing away the upper layers of skin and allowing new skin to grow over the area. Laser therapy can also soften the scarring and encourage new collagen growth. Similar procedures include chemical peel and skin bleaching.
Very large injuries may require surgery to remove extra scar tissue and the doctor may attempt re-orient the scar so that it releases stiffness and rigidity in the scarred skin.
Skin grafting is, essentially, a skin transplant and is a relatively invasive procedure. This is usually necessary for larger injuries where there is not enough healthy skin around the wound to use. Skin flap surgery is similar to skin grafting, but the skin is moved from one site to another with an intact blood supply which is not the case with a graft.
Tissue expansion is often used during breast reconstruction but can be used in other situations too. The tissue is expanded (with a balloon of sorts) creating more skin for the doctor to use during surgery.
Contact Dr. Khan To Discuss What Scar Revision Treatments May Work Best For You
Please never assume anything about a medical procedure. Ask lots of questions and pay attention to the answers. It is imperative that you receive qualified medical advice about any plastic surgery procedure. You should discuss your health needs at every stage of the process from the initial consultation all the way through recovery.
An initial consultation with Dr. Shaher W. Khan, M.D. will offer you an opportunity to chat about any and all of the questions you have about the process and the surgeries we offer. Dr. Khan serves the entire Detroit metro area. Call 734-419-1615 or contact us to get started finding the right course of treatment for your scarring condition.