About Scar Revision
Although scars can never be completed removed, cosmetic surgeons have become more adept at reducing the size and prominence of scar tissue. There are various ways to do this, including the use of dermal fillers, topical steroids, or through ‘scar revision’ surgery. The type of treatment your surgeon opts for depends on the type of scar you have. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your scars so that they can determine whether it is an atrophic scar or a hypertrophic keloid scar. Below are some of the scar treatments your surgeon may opt for:
Laser resurfacing treatments utilize a high frequency targeted beam of laser light to penetrate the skin of the scar. The direct heat will destroy the underlying layers of cells and blood vessels, which eventually leads to the scar slowly reducing in size. In many cases, several treatments spaced over a period of months are required to sufficiently reduce the appearance of the scar.
Dermabrasion uses a specialized tool to scrape away the surface tissue of the scar, promoting new cell growth to replace the scar tissue. The dermabrasion will leave a scar over the area, which with the correct care, should form a better scar then before. Keloid scars, which are particularly difficult to treat, respond well to this treatment, but it is usually not used for smaller scars.
In particularly bad cases, your surgeon may opt to completely remove the scar tissue in a surgical procedure known as ‘scar excision’. Again, the scar will only be replaced with a new scar, which with the correct care, should be less noticeable that the old one.
Collagen injections can be used to treat atrophic scars because they are sunken collagen. When injected deep into the scar tissue, it will help it become more raised and become level with the rest of the skin.