What techniques are used for scar revision on the face?

What techniques are used for scar revision on the face and what care has to be taken after the treatment for healing the scar?

Although a scar can never be completely removed there are many ways in which it can be improved. often scars can be improved through non-surgical methods that would include combinations of dermabrasion, "needling", and the application of topical agents to soften the scar tissue and improve its color. If a surgical revision is necessary, the scar is removed and the adjacent uninjured skin is closed in a fashion to minimize scar formation and/or relieve tension across the scar. After initial healing, topical agents (silicone scar treatment is popular and effective) can be applied to further lessen the scar formation and offer the best quality scar. Of utmost importance is to protect healing tissues and young scars (less than 1 year old) from UV radiation. UV radiation increases scar formation, making the scars thicker, redder and more noticeable.

For the best results seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have a website listing all the certified plastic surgeons. Members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will all be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest and competence in cosmetic plastic surgery as well.

Alexander G. Nein MS, MD
Alexander G. Nein MS, MD
2400 Patterson StNashvilleTN37203US

Alexander G. Nein MS, MD

2400 Patterson Street, Suite 202, Nashville,
TN, 37203, US

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There are multiple techniques for treating scars depending on what kind of scar you have. These techniques include direct excision and reclosure, changing the direction of the scar, laser, dermabrasion and injection. The care necessary after these varies by what is done. If the scar is revised, semipermanent sutures are used below the skin to hold the skin and keep the scar from spreading. In this case, very little care is needed after the procedure. After laser and dermabrasion, care of the raw area (the skin is like a second degree burn) is necessary for a week or a little more. See an ASAPS surgeon and discuss your desires to find out what you need and what your post procedure care will be.

Robert T. Buchanan MD
Robert T. Buchanan MD
209 Hospital DrHighlandsNC28741US

Robert T. Buchanan MD

209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands,
NC, 28741, US

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