Cosmetic Scar Revision
By Carolinas Center For Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery & aesthetic services in Charlotte, NC
Cosmetic Scar Revision & Treatment
Scarring is a natural part of the body’s healing process and can vary in size and appearance based on it’s location.
Scars from past injury or surgery can be quite bothersome, and while they can never be completely removed, we can often improve the appearance through scar revision treatments. Most scars will fade significantly over time, so we recommend that patients wait at least 1 year before considering scar revision. Many patients we see have scars from years prior, and are looking to improve the long term appearance of old injuries.
Types of Scar Revision Treatments
Keloid Scar Revision
Keloid scars occur when the body aggressively tries to heal itself and extends the scar tissue beyond the original injury. With time, some of these sscars may inhibit movement. Keloid scars are more common with people with dark skin tones.
Hypertrophic Scar Treatments
Raise, red scars that are similar to keloid but stay around the injury and do not go past it. Treatments include options for flattening the scar and smoothing it to match the surrounding skin.
Hypertrophic scars and keloid scars are often treatable with steroid injections, but if that doesn’t prove satisfactory, surgical techniques can be used. Scar tissue may be removed, and incisions performed that will make the scar less visible. ‘Z-plasty’ and ‘W-plasty’ are common surgical techniques that lessens the appearance of a scar by removing scar tissue, then creating triangular skin flaps that fold together nicely.
Scars that result in tightening of the skin can restrict movement when the healing skin gets pulled together are considered contracture scars. This condition can occur after a burn, injury, or surgical procedure. Contracture can also occur after breast augmentation surgery, when the scar tissue thickens and tightens around the implant. Revision procedures can often help in these cases.
Acne scars range from deep pits to angular or have a pattern-like appearance are common with acne. Typically they are found on the face, back or arms and are a result of bad acne. Acne scars result in an wide affected and different methods are used to clear up these difficult scars.
Contact Us Today
Contact our cosmetic surgery team today to schedule a consultation to learn more about our scar revision & repair treatments in Charlotte & surrounding areas.
Every scar is different, so a consultation is the best way to determine what course of action, if any, is right for you. Contact Carolinas Center For Oral & Facial Surgery today for more information.