Scars are a natural part of the healing process, but they can often leave people feeling self-conscious and unhappy with their appearance. Fortunately, several treatment options are available to help reduce the appearance of scars and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. This page will discuss scar revision, including what it is, how it works, and the potential benefits and risks.
What is a scar revision?
When physicians discuss a scar revision, they are talking about a cosmetic surgery that is used to return the skin to its natural appearance. This is a surgical procedure that is employed after either a traumatic injury, major surgery, or other wound has left a deep scar in the skin that patients might want revised. A scar revision surgery can also be used if a prior scar revision surgery did not deliver the desired results. There are multiple types of scars that might vary from the natural skin in regards to elevation, texture, tone, or color. This procedure can be used to revise the scar in a number of situations to bring the skin back to its natural look.
Did you know…
Scars develop via fibrosis when there has been a traumatic injury to the skin. While this scar might be the result of trauma or the result of surgery, the wound healing process is actually the same. The scar tissue is the body’s response to this injury in an attempt to both close the gap and reinforce the area to prevent the body from experiencing repeated injury at that sight. Therefore, a scar is actually a completely normal response to the injury.
Choosing the Right Scar Revision Treatment
Choosing the right scar revision treatment depends on several factors, including the type and severity of the scar, the location of the scar, and the desired outcome. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
Topical Treatments: Topical treatments include gels, creams, and silicone sheets that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of scars over time. These treatments can be effective for mild to moderate scarring and may also help to improve the texture and color of the skin.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layer of damaged skin cells. This can help to improve the appearance of scars and promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
Laser Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing involves the use of a laser to remove the top layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells. This treatment can be effective for moderate to severe scarring and may also help to improve the texture and color of the skin.
Kenalog Injections: Kenalog injections contain a corticosteroid medication that helps to reduce inflammation in the skin, which can result in the reduction of the size and appearance of scars. The corticosteroid medication can also help to flatten raised scars and improve their texture, making them less noticeable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are scar revision treatments painful?
The level of pain associated with scar revision treatments will depend on the specific treatment used and the patient’s pain tolerance. Some treatments may involve discomfort, while others may be more painful. Your healthcare provider can discuss pain management options with you.
Are there any risks associated with scar revision treatments?
All medical procedures carry some potential risks, including infection, scarring, and changes in skin texture or color. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your specific needs.
How long does scar revision treatment last?
The length of time that scar revision treatment lasts will depend on the type and severity of the scar, as well as the specific treatment used. Some treatments may produce long-lasting results, while others may require ongoing maintenance.
How much does scar revision treatment cost?
The cost of scar revision treatment will depend on the type of treatment used, the severity of the scar, and the location of the treatment. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare provider or insurance provider to determine the cost of the treatment.
What kind of scars can be revised?
This is a common question, and the answer is that all scars are candidates for potential scar revision. Types of scars include childhood scars from injuries on the playground, scars from traumatic accidents, and even scars that result from surgical procedures. While scars might vary in their size and texture, every scar is a candidate for revision. With this in mind, note that results will vary by case, and not all scar revisions restore the skin to its native state. It’s important to seek professional consultation to fully discuss your condition and treatment options.
How is a scar revision procedure performed?
There are a variety of ways that a scar revision procedure is carried out and every method is discussed on an individual patient basis. Options include topical treatments, minimally invasive surgery procedures, and a complete surgical revision with full wound closure. All of these options will be reviewed with the patient and the patient and surgeon will work together to find the best surgical option to meet the needs of the scar. Factors will include the scar type, size, and location as well as the patient’s overall health.
What is the recovery period like?
The recovery period will vary depending on the type of revision procedure performed; however, it is normal to have some soreness of swelling after the procedure. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by your plastic surgeon following your procedure, taking particular care to follow any medication instructions.
Remove Your Scar Today at Borealis Dermatology
If you’re looking for a professional and effective scar revision treatment, we invite you to visit Borealis Dermatology in New York. Our experienced dermatologists can evaluate your scar and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your specific needs, whether it’s surgical or non-surgical.
We use high-quality products and state-of-the-art equipment to provide safe and effective treatments that can improve the appearance and health of your skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward achieving the clear, healthy, and beautiful skin you deserve.