Some imperfections in the skin can be improved using techniques ranging from the simple (minor peels and microdermabrasion) to the more complex (excisions and rearrangement). Scar revision may be recommended to help make scars appear less obvious or to improve their texture, though surgical scar revision is most commonly done after the skin has been given ample time and opportunity to heal properly on its own. Since most scars take at least a year to mature, fade, and reach their best condition, minor interventions may be performed earlier to optimize the healing process.
What is Scar Revision?
After a wound has healed, scars are the visible marks that remain behind. They are different for everyone, and some may be more noticeable than others because of their location, size, shape, color, and whether they’re raised or flat. They are unavoidable, and while some fade naturally with time, there are others that develop into unsightly, sometimes disfiguring reminders of past injuries or surgeries. Conspicuous scars can be the result of poor healing or a wound that was stitched up incorrectly, though even an injury that heals well can leave a prominent scar that adversely affects your appearance.
Whatever the case, Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery can help you feel better about the scars on your body. We offer several treatments based on the type and severity of your scar, including:
Topical treatments (such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion)
Minimally invasive treatments (laser or filler injections)
The goal of surgical scar revision is to minimize the visibility of a scar so that it is less obvious and blends in with the tone and texture of the skin around it. While surgical scar revision may provide a more pleasing aesthetic result, scars cannot be completely eliminated.
Am I a Candidate for Scar Revision?
If you are bothered by noticeable scars and as long as you are healthy and have realistic expectations for the results of your treatment, you are a candidate for scar revision. Some of the types of scars we treat include:
These scars are often pits that range from shallow to deep, and affect the texture of your face. Treatments can vary from microdermabrasion to laser resurfacing, depending on the severity of the scars.
These are the tight scars that come from burns, and can affect movement, as well as nerves and muscles.
These are scars that have healed with an excess of scar tissue. They are often raised and dark, and can be larger than the original wound itself. While revision may be possible, some people are prone to keloid scarring.
These raised, red scars are similar to keloid scars, but are usually not as severe. They are caused by excessive scar tissue development, but only grow within the boundary of the injury. Some can improve on their own with time, but some do not.
If you have a scar that affects your appearance or makes you feel self-conscious, it might be time to explore scar revision. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terrasse and discover the technique that is right for you.