A scar on the face can often affect a person's self-image as well as leave an indelible impression on those who see it. It often serves as a reminder to the patient of an accident or altercation. There are a few things you should know about scars if you are considering revision of scars in Philadelphia.
A scar is the body's way of healing the skin. Whenever all layers of the skin are divided, the scar is nature's glue that allows the edges to mend. Scars can fall into two categories:
Dr. Greco's practice is limited solely to excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face, and he serves patients from Philadelphia and out of the area. If you would like to meet with Dr. Greco to discuss cosmetic enhancements, call Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC at (610) 664-8830, or request a consultation online today.
Several characteristics of scars allow them to be more conspicuous.
The goal of scar revision is to replace a scar with a less noticeable one. This may require multiple procedures to obtain a pleasing result. The goal of scar revision is improvement, not perfection. Dermabrasion frequently can provide the finishing touch to scar revision.
Scars go through a maturation process which can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. It is best to wait 6 months to a year after a scar forms before attempting surgical correction. It may be appropriate to correct some scars earlier with dermabrasion and this will be discussed during the consultation.
If a scar is raised and reddened it can be injected with cortisone, which will help to flatten the scar as well as improve the redness. Also, treatment of red, raised scars with a pulsed dye laser (Vbeam Perfecta) can improve the appearance of these scars dramatically. However, cortisone will not make wide scars thinner. Surgery can improve a wide scar.
The incision will usually be taped for at least 1 to 2 weeks to take tension off the surrounding skin. It may be necessary to continue to tape the incision intermittently after this time. This will prevent the scar from widening. After the surgery, the scar may develop some redness and lumpiness. This will settle with time to form a thin white line. The redness and lumpiness can also be treated with cortisone injections or the Vbeam Perfecta Laser. Remember that the final result may take more than 1 procedure.
This usually results from acne and can be very distressing to the patient. Punch excision with grafting may be used to treat these scars. It may be necessary to perform dermabrasion after the healing.
There is risk involved with any surgical procedure. However, the risks of facial plastic surgery are minimal. The risks include bleeding, infection, and persistent scarring. These are usually rare complications and will be discussed during your consultation as well as ways to avoid them.