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Scar Revision

Whether the skin has been violated by a traumatic injury, a burn, surgery, or acne, it will form a scar. A scar is merely your body's response to healing the damaged tissue. It is formed when collagen produced by your body organizes itself on the wound to repair it and protect it from outside elements and infection. Unfortunately, the way a scar looks depends as much on how your body heals as it does the type of skin it's on, the tension of the wound, the presence of infection, and sometimes the technique and skill of the surgeon.

While no scar can be removed completely, we can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious. This can be done through the injection or application of certain medications or through surgical correction. Surgical scar revision includes scar excision and approximation of the tissue back together, reconstruction with a flap, or a Z or W-plasty. These can be described by your surgeon.

Many scars that appear large and unattractive at first may become less obvious with time. We recommend waiting as long as a year or more after a scar causing injury or surgery before you decide to have scar revision. The surgeon will examine you and discuss the possible methods of treating your scar, the risks and benefits involved, and the possible outcomes. Be honest in discussing your expectations with the surgeon, and make sure they're realistic. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.


 

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