SCAR REVISION SURGERY
Scar revision surgery is performed to minimize the appearance of scar so that it becomes more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
What is a scar?
A scar is a result of wound healing after an injury. It can be raised or recessed and is generally different (darker) in color and texture from surrounding healthy tissue that makes it noticeable.
Scar revision surgery
Although many of the scars do not impair any functioning or cause any physical discomfort to the person but still some people become very conscious of visible scars and their self-confidence may be affected as a result. They can regain their confidence by undergoing scar revision surgery.
The choice of surgery depends upon the type and degree of scarring and can include:
- Minimally invasive procedures
- Surgical revision with advanced techniques in wound closure
Surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia and is aimed to remove the scarred upper layer of skin so that new skin can grow.Dermabrasion and laser surfacing are the proven methods that precisely remove the upper layer of the skin.Generally the new skin is smoother than before, and the appearance of the scar is normally reduced.
Hypertrophic or Keloid scars can be removed by performing the surgery and securing the skin with dissolvable stiches that result in less prominent scar.
Scars that can be diminished by revision surgery include the scars caused by any of the following:
- chicken pox
- small pox
Results of scar revision surgery
- Improves the appearance of a scar that has healed poorly
- Reduces the size or structure of scar
- Reduces the tightness caused by the scar tissue
Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result but certain factors like colour and type of patient’s skin, age of the patient and shape, size, location and the type of scarring may also influence how much improvement can be expected.
At Vitals, our experienced Dermatologist will perform the most suitable procedure after thoroughly evaluating the scar in the safe and comfortable surroundings.
Authored By Dr. Harish Prasad
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