Scar revision is a type of procedure done to minimize scars so they better match the surrounding skin. The technique chosen will depend on the size and type of scar, among other things. Our surgeon will also have to consider the scar’s location, the color of the skin and the patient’s age.
Types of Scars
Contracture scars are typically caused by burns. They pull the skin tight, so a large scar in the wrong place can impair the patient’s ability to move. Some contracture scars can penetrate deep into the tissues and affect muscles and nerves.
Keloids are scars caused by an overactive healing process. They can grow beyond the original injury, and they can consequently get quite large. They tend to be rubbery and raised nodules. Keloids are most common in young people with dark skin.
Hypertrophic scars are also raised scars, and they are sometimes confused with keloids. The big difference is that hypertrophic scars do not grow beyond the boundaries of the original injury.
Acne scars are caused by severe acne outbreaks. Acne scars can be hypertrophic, or they can be depressed. Depressed scars come in two main types: “icepick” scars that look like small pits in the skin and “boxcar” scars that are round, depressed areas that look a bit like chickenpox scars.
What Does Scar Revision Involve?
The exact method of scar revision depends on the scar and other factors, but the goal is always the same: to make the scarred part of the skin look as much like the surrounding skin as possible. If the patient has a raised scar, for example, they might undergo dermabrasion or laser treatment to lower the scar. In cases where the scar affects the patient’s mobility, the surgeon will also try to restore their mobility.
What is Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a procedure used to remove the topmost layers of the skin. In scar revision, it is used to remove the upper layers of a raised scar so that it will be on the same level as the rest of the skin.
Learn About Your Scar Revision Options
Other techniques that may be used for scar revision include steroid injections, silicone sheeting therapy and surgical methods. During a consultation at the office of Syed Ahmad, MD in Plano, you can learn about which treatment is likely to work best in your case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!