If acne, a past injury, or surgery has left you with a scar, you don’t have to be disheartened. A scar can harden and discolor over time and leave you feeling distressed about their appearance. Scar revision surgery offered by the experts at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in Long Beach, CA can help improve the appearance of scars. Read on for everything you need to know about scar revision surgery!
What Is A Scar?
A scar is a type of skin spot or mark that remains behind after trauma, surgery or other events that indicate an area of incomplete healing and underlying thickening of tissues.
What Causes Scars?
Scars may develop due to many reasons such as:
- Infected sores
What Are The Types Of Scars?
Scars may be of different types depending on their depth and appearance such as:
- Surface discolorations: These are superficial scars that are usually caused by acne or minor trauma. They are subtle and do not cause discomfort.
- Keloids: These are thick and irregular scars that appear red or dark. They do not confine to the boundaries of the injury or surgical incision. They may discolor or darken over time. They may feel uncomfortable and develop itching, pain or burning in and around the scar.
- Hypertrophic scars: These are similar to keloids but are confined to the boundaries of the incision or skin wound.
- Contractures: These are scars that contract or limit movement, particularly if they form over an arm or leg joint. These are usually caused by burn injuries and involve tissue loss.
What Is Scar Revision Surgery?
It is a surgical treatment that helps reduce the disfiguring aspects of a scar and improves their cosmetic appearance.
Am I A Good Candidate?
Scar revision surgery is a good option for you if you are distressed by scars anywhere on the body. The suitability of surgery for your specific scar type can be determined after a detailed consultation.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
A member of our team will administer local or general anesthesia at the start of the procedure to make you comfortable. They will determine the best treatment approach for your scar and then go ahead with it. Treatment options include a single or combination approach of topical, injectable, and surgical elements. They indicate surgical scar revision for deep scars that need to be cut out surgically. They usually require an incision for this.
When Can I See The Results?
The results of surgery can become noticeable over a few months and up to a year as the scar gradually fades out. The results are long lasting with visible improvement in the texture, thickness, and appearance of the scar.
Scar revision surgery can make a considerable difference to the cosmetic look of your scars. Schedule an appointment with the expert team at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery in the Long Beach, CA, area and say goodbye to your scars today. We proudly serve you from our locations in Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, and Tustin.