Scars happen as a result of acne, chickenpox, trauma and surgery. While the old adage that "time heals old wounds" is true, the marks and scars persist for months to years. Many techniques exist for minimizing the appearance of unwanted scars. If a scar is depressed and sunken in, we elevate it by "subcision". If a scar is deep and penetrating ("ice- pick") we remove it and resurface the new healed skin. When a scar is elevated and tender ("keloid"), we inject it with medication to flatten it. Rest assured that many treatment options exist to help you improve the appearance of even the most stubborn scar.
Surgical Scar Revision
Wide or long scars in prominent locations (such as the face) may be improved with surgical excision. This involves removing a scar and rejoining the normal skin in a less conspicious fashion. Because of the skin's ability to stretch, wide scars can be excised and closed ina way that results in a narrower, less obvious scar. Longer scars can be made shorter witht eh same technique. Some scars may have their directions changed so that they lie within a wrinkle or natural fold.
Subcisional Scar Release
Subcisional scar release is accomplished by inserting a very small blade under the scar tissue and releasing it from the muscle below. This is more commonly used to treat indented or pock-type scars.
|Benefits||Helps improve the appearance, even the most stubborn scar.|
Are there different types of scars?
Is there treatment for scars?
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Acne Scarring, Active Acne, Age Spots/Sun Damage, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone, Large Pores, Scars, Wrinkles|
Before Scar Revision:
Avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin, alcohol, vitamin E and herbal supplements one week prior to the procedure.
Avoid strenuous activity and bending.
No Shaving in the area of surgery.