For those with unsightly scars and blemishes, whether caused by accident or as a result of teenage acne, there are a plethora of excellent techniques ranging from the non-invasive through to corrective surgery. Before you consider scar revision, however, it is important to be realistic about the results. Some scars can only be minimized. In fact, no scar revision technique can completely remove a scar, but scars can be greatly improved and camouflaged to be nearly invisible.
Resurfacing procedures like dermabrasion and laser resurfacing can reduce the actual appearance of the scar. A layer of skin is removed, which renders the scar less prominent. Repeated applications can reduce the prominence of the scar still further.
The surgeon will choose which of the various kinds of resurfacing to perform, but dermabrasion, using a high speed rotating brush, is often the preferred method for scar revision. However, if you are looking into scar revision for a child, then it may be recommended to postpone resurfacing treatments. The best results are obtained for patients with a lighter complexion; darker skinned patients may not be able to take advantage of some resurfacing techniques.
Surgery is also an option for unsightly scars. Surgical scar revision (known as Z-plasty or geometric broken line closure) can help to reduce the appearance of the scar quite significantly. In some cases, the existing scar is removed and advanced techniques are used to close the wound, creating a more favorable scar. Other times, the scar can be relocated to a less prominent position.
Other options for scar revision include simple topical treatments. It’s important to note that scars never really disappear completely, and a regular skin care program, as well as use of makeup products (yes, even for men!), can be vital in helping to disguise the scar and improve self-confidence.
To learn more about facelifts, revision and plastic surgery, and non-invasive procedures such as fillers, please contact us the Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.