Scar Revision by Melissa Johnson MD, FACS
Scars are the result of a wound caused by an injury or from surgery. How a wound heals and its appearance over time is very unpredictable. Some scars remain flat and barely visible while others become raised, depressed, thickened, stretched, or pigmented. Unsightly scars can be treated to make them less noticeable
If you have an old scar that you don’t like, there may be options to minimize its appearance or to improve its texture. These can include scar revision surgery, injectable treatments, or non-invasive laser scar treatments and topical applications. A scar can never be completely erased. The goal is to make it less noticeable.
During your consultation, we will provide you with our expert opinion on which treatment option is the best for your scar. We will discuss all the options in full detail along with any possible risks or complications.
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Scar revision options
Depending on the nature of your scar, one of these procedures may help.
Scar revision surgery
In some instances a scar needs to be revised surgically and re-closed in multiple layers to improve its appearance.
Injectable treatments for scars
If your scar is depressed, filling it in with a filler such as Juvederm or Radiesse may be an option. If your scar is thick and raised you may benefit from a steroid (kenalog) injection.
Topical treatments for scars
Silicone products, such as ScarFade gel or ScarFade sheets, have been shown to help prevent and treat hypertrophic scars. Chemical peels may be an option if your scar has an uneven texture or irregular pigment. Laser treatments can help reduce hyperpigmentation of a scar. Dermabrasion may also be an option. It removes the top layer of the skin to help improve the texture and any uneven pigmentation issues. Skincare treatments may also help lighten uneven skin color.
While no scar can be removed completely,we can often improve the appearance of a scar and make it less obvious.