Scar Removal

WHAT IS A SCAR?

A scar results from the biologic process of wound repair in the skin. Thus, scarring is a natural
part of the healing process. The composition of a scar may vary – appearing flat, lumpy, sunken, colored, painful, or itchy.

SCAR REMOVAL OR SCAR REVISION

When the skin is in the process of recovering from any injury (accident, surgery, burns, or acne), it naturally occurs scar. Once a scar forms, it’s somewhat permanent and if you notice around

most people do tend to be very conscious about facial scars. Fortunately, Facial plastic surgery helps to make scars less noticeable and hence boosts one’s self-esteem.

Scars are visible signs that may occur after trauma, skin problem, or surgery. People who suffer from scars try a variety of methods to get rid of them. However, despite the use of expensive products and methods of scar removal, the stubborn scars just do not go away. It often frustrates the person no end. Post-surgical scars, post-injury or post-traumatic scars, and post- acne scars are big problems that can leave life-long scars. In return, it may lead to physical as well as emotional issues. In such a scenario, Scar Revision Surgery is the right option.

FACIAL SCAR Removal

Let’s be straightforward. A person considering facial scar revision must understand that there is no way to remove scars completely. The goal is to improve the appearance of the scar either by disguising it, relocating it, or minimizing its prominence. Skin color and type, age, and the type
of scarring are all important factors and are a part of the discussion prior to surgery. Maximum improvement in facial scars may require more than one procedure, and more than one technique may be employed. Scar revision should not be done for a period of 6 months after the injury. This interval allows the body enough time to heal fully. In most cases, the scar gels around with the rest of the skin in such a manner that it is hardly visible to anyone.

Procedure

Scar revision refers to a group of different procedures used to revise and improve the scar tissues due to acne or some other trauma. Acne scars are quite common. Surgical scar revision offers a reliable and effective solution to get rid of obnoxious scars.

Often the scar is simply opened and closed with tiny stitches, leaving a thinner, less noticeable scar. If the scar lies across the natural skin creases (or “lines of relaxation”) the surgeon may be able to reposition it with a “Z-plasty“, to run parallel to these lines, where it will be less visible.

Acne scars are of three main types (ice-pick, rolling and boxcar) and are generally removed with punch excision or subcutaneous excision (subcision) in which the base of the depressed scar is released from the underlying structures. Dermabrasion and laser resurfacing methods are used to make “rough or elevated” scars less prominent, by painlessly removing part of the upper layers of skin with an abrading tool or laser light.

Keloid or hypertrophic scars are treated first with body-friendly steroids/ silicon sheet/pressure therapy to reduce size. If these operations do not produce good results, then other options available are surgical removal/ radiotherapy. A qualified plastic surgeon can guide you the best in this.

An individualized approach for Face Scar Revision needs to be followed. In order to prepare for scar revision surgery, one needs to keep the area to be treated utmost clean. Care should be taken not to apply any moisturizing agents. Smoking should be stopped at least 2 days before the surgery as it adversely affects the recovery. Usage of any blood thinners or medications for chronic illnesses should be brought to the attention of the surgeon. The procedure can be
performed on an outpatient basis.

Recovery

Bruising and swelling are commonly seen after the Surgical Scar Revision. However, this dissolves within a period of 2-3 days. Any type of residual pain or discomfort can be alleviated with the help of medication. It may take a month or more for the results to become more noticeable. So you may need to wait for a little for compliments. Sun exposure has to be minimized.

One needs to avoid strenuous activities for a few days as it may increase the risk of bleeding, bruising, infection, and swelling. Contact sports and heavy activities like cycling, weight lifting, yoga, aerobics, are allowed 3 weeks after the surgery.