What is Scar Revision/Removal?
Scars are unavoidable results of injury or surgery and are the visible signs left after a wound is healed. Scar revision is done to minimize the appearance of a scar so that it is less noticeable and blends in better with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
The amount of improvement that can be achieved through scar revision will depend on the severity of your scarring, the type of scar, the size, and the location. There are many different treatment options used for scar revision, including:
Topical treatments may include gels, tapes, or external compression which can help with healing and the reduction of irregular pigment. These products can be used to help treat existing scars and discoloration or to aid in the healing of scar revision procedures.
Dermal fillers may be used to fill in concave or depressed scars. Results may last from several months to years, depending on the filler formula used.
Resurfacing treatments can help to cosmetically improve scars, and usually, involve mechanically removing the topmost layers of skin or changing the nature of the tissues. These treatments may include dermabrasion, laser or light therapy, chemical peels, or skin bleaching agents.
In some cases, very deep scars may need to be surgically removed.
Who is a Candidate?
Scar revision can be performed on people of all ages to improve the appearance of a scar. A consultation with one of our dermatologists will help determine the best treatment option for scar revision.
Results and Recovery
Following scar revision or removal, patients may experience swelling, discoloration, or discomfort, though this should resolve within 1-2 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks as the scar heals and slowly fades. Results from scar revision or removal will be long-lasting, however, it may take up to a year for your new scar to fully heal and fade.
Contact our Seattle Skin & Laser today to learn more about scar revision and removal. We would be happy to schedule your consultation.