All surgical incisions and procedures lead to scar formation. Scar formation is a normal part of the healing process. Typically in the face and nose, scars heal extremely well due to the great blood supply found in the area. Concerns arise when scars are excessively visible, thickened (hypertrophic), wide, or overactive (kletoid). While most people acquire some smaller, less noticeable scars during their lifetime, some scars may become distracting, unattractive, and in extreme cases, disfiguring. Having an unsightly scar can negatively impact your self-esteem and overall functioning.
At La Peer Health System’s Revision Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence, our team of Beverly Hills surgeons specializes in scar reduction and corrective procedures. Give us a call today to find out more about the scar revision procedure that can help restore your confidence and functioning.Contact Us Now!
What is Scar Revision?
“Scar revision” is a catchall term used to describe a set of cosmetic procedures aimed at minimizing the appearance of scar tissue. The main goal of any scar revision procedure is to make the existing scar blend more naturally with the surrounding skin tone and texture. Scar revision may become necessary following a flesh injury, burn, or invasive surgical procedure. There are several different types of scar revision procedures, including:
- Simple yet effective topical treatments
- Minimally invasive procedures
- Surgical scar revision
While almost any type of scar can be improved through corrective procedures, no scar can be removed completely. During a one-on-one consultation, your physician will be able to assess the type and severity of your scarring and devise a customized treatment plan for the best results.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Scar Revision Procedure?
Wound healing and scar formation are difficult to predict. While complications during the healing process can contribute to the development of more-severe scarring, even wounds that heal well can result in a scar that is unsightly and distracting. Individuals may want to consider consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon if they have a healed wound that:
- Is raised above the surrounding tissue
- Is recessed below the surrounding tissue
- Has become noticeably discolored
- Feels unnaturally hard to the touch
- Is otherwise unsightly, bothersome, or disfiguring
If one more of the items listed above apply to you, scheduling a consultation with an expert plastic surgeon is the first step to improving the appearance of your scar and determining your candidacy for revision surgery.
Types of Scar Revision Treatments
Many scar revision procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to recover quickly and comfortably form the privacy of their own homes or an aftercare facility. Depending on the type and degree of your scarring, your surgeon may recommend one or more of the following:
Topical treatments – A number of topical treatments such as gels, creams, and tapes can be used to help soften and improve the appearance of scars.
Skin grafts – During a skin graft procedure, healthy skin is removed from another part of the body and transplanted to the affected area.
Tissue expansion – In this procedure, a balloon is inserted under the skin and gradually inflated, expanding the skin. The expanded skin can then be used to cover the affected area.
Collagen and dermal filler injections – Collagen and dermal filler injections can be used to raise, fill in, and level out sunken scars.
Dermabrasion – Dermabrasion removes the top layer of skin, correcting irregularities such as deep lines and scars.
Laser treatments – A variety of laser treatments can be used to lessen the blood supply to a scar and promote new, healthy tissue growth.
Contact the Best Scar Revision Surgeons in Los Angeles
The Revision Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence boasts a staff of the most educated and highly-trained cosmetic surgeons in Beverly Hills. If you have a scar that is unsightly or disruptive, call us at 888.546.7384 today to schedule a one-one-one consultation and begin the journey to restored self-confidence and overall health.
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