People with conspicuous scars on their face or neck are often uncomfortable or insecure about their appearance. Aside from being a cosmetic problem, scars can sometimes interfere with the normal functioning of the mouth, eyes or nose.
While scars cannot be completely erased, there are several surgical techniques and nonsurgical techniques that can turn them into thin lines that discretely blend into the normal creases and contours of your face. The technique that is used will depend on the characteristics of the scar, such as its size and depth, its direction, the blood supply and the color of your skin.
Who Should Consider Scar Revision?
- Scar revision is intended for people who want to remove facial or neck scars that make them feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. We also recommend scar revision surgery for people whose scars may alter their facial expressions or affect the normal functioning of their face.
- We recommend that you wait as long as six to 12 months after an injury before seeking scar revision surgery. This wait time is necessary because scars that at first appear large and conspicuous can become less noticeable with time.
- Nonsurgical Laser Therapies scar revision can be performed as soon as four to six weeks after scar development and often can be used to prevent future scar problems.
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What Does The Procedure Involve?
- The patient will receive some form of local anesthesia and/or sedation, depending on the nature of the procedure.
- Scar revision techniques are often straightforward: cutting out the scar and closing the skin with tiny stitches, leaving behind only a thin white mark. More complex cases may require other surgical techniques, including skin grafts and “z-plasty” and creating irregular well camouflaged scars.
- Successful scar revision often combines surgical treatments with nonsurgical ones, such as steroid injections, Microlaser Peel, ProFractional laser treatment and Fotofacial light therapy to remove scar discolorations. At Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder, we have expertise to treat all kinds of scars, including the keloid and hypertrophic scars that have thick, raised textures.
- Recovery varies based on the nature of the scar revision procedure and the conditions of the scar.
- The surgery may produce some swelling and bruising, and the scar itself may be red immediately after surgery.
- You will generally be able to return to work in a day or two, but you will need to avoid strenuous activities for a longer period of time, depending on the nature of the surgery.
- The final results may not be apparent for a few months, or longer.