Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be raised or recessed, different in color or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location. They can be caused by burns, lacerations, infection, excess tension from a surgery or injury, acne or a whole host of other events. Common examples of scar revision that may be necessary due to a previous surgery include abdominoplasty or tummy tuck scars or scars located on the breast or around the nipple after breast reduction or breast lift.
Treatments for scars may vary based on the type and degree of scarring and can include, simple topical treatments, minimally invasive procedures or surgical revision. With surgical revision, Dr. Danielpour and Dr. Layke will minimize the scar under local anesthetic so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.
Scar revision can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if:
- You are bothered by a scar anywhere on your body
- You are physically healthy
- You do not smoke
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your scar revision surgery
- You do not have active acne or other skin diseases in the area to be treated
At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, we can speak with you about the possibility of improving unsightly surgical scars. Whether steroid injections may be offered or surgical revision, we can address these options to suit your needs. Often a period of scar maturation is necessary before scar revision can be performed.
The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort and may take 1 to 2 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade. With dermabrasion, chemical peel or laser resurfacing, you will experience similar conditions at the treated area, in addition to overall sensitivity.
The final results of your scar revision surgery will be long-lasting, however it may take several months for your final results to become apparent and in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade. It is of vital importance during the healing process to keep the new scar protected from the sun with sunscreen or clothing if possible. At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, we offer multiple sunscreen options that will keep your new and much less noticeable scar protected. Dr. Danielpour and Dr. Layke will also recommend that you use a silicon scar cream, sold at our office, during your healing process in order to help with healing.
Interested in revising your unsightly scar? Give us a call today to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY consultation!
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