The scar is a visible memory of a past injury, illness or surgery. It is a sign that the body has healed. In some cases, the healing process proceeds smoothly, and the scar left is not sufficiently visible to constitute an important cosmetic defect. In other cases, scars left, are so disfiguring that they affect not only the psychological comfort, but the mobility of the patient. Procedures for revision of scars allow for a significant improvement in appearance and functionality of any scar anywhere on your body.
An experienced plastic surgeon can help Patients solve a number of aesthetic problems. Properly selected technique and type of surgery will contribute to the achievement of extremely natural effects.
Types of scars that can be treated
These are thick, red scars that usually protrude above the surface of the skin. Their size is usually not much larger than the original wound, but their convexity is quite aesthetic defect. The treatment can include a scar whose appearance does not improve over time or with the help of steroid injections.
They arise as a result of serious injuries, e.g. severe burns. They form during the process of healing and contraction of tissues. The resulting bands can inhibit movement and functioning in this area. This is particularly problematic if the scar is near a joint such as the elbow, knee or neck.
Keloid scars (keloids)
They can be one of the most difficult to treat because they tend to grow quite large and have a high rate of relapse. They are most often formed around the chest, as well as on the ears, face and neck. They often go beyond the limits of the original wound, and their treatment requires a combination of different techniques and methods.
Scar revision methods
Some scar correction methods include:
A fat tissue transplant can smooth and minimize small, shallow scars. This procedure can be performed in a short time and does not require any recovery period. The effects are very natural and durable.
Other solution is steroid injection which makes scars more pliable and smaller. Specially recommended in keloid scars.
Laser therapy reduces the visibility of rough scars, making the skin smoother and more even. Laser treatments also offer a number of additional benefits, including the reduction of signs of aging and traces of pigmentation.
Some scars require a small surgical procedure that removes the scar and surrounding tissue, leaving a much smaller mark in its place, as a rule – replacing the old unsightly scar with a new one. Old scars may require a more extensive surgical procedure that will produce satisfying results. Some patients require Z-plastics, skin transplantation or flap plasty to cover and repair the damaged area properly.
The decision to use a particular method is taken by the doctor, adjusting the treatment to the individual needs of the patient. You have to remember that there is no possibility to completely erase the scar. But it can be less visible and better looking.
What is the correction of scars and recovery?
A scar correction treatment performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the treatment area. After the procedure, the patient can immediately return to activity and work. However, you must wait for the revision effect because the wound needs time to rebuild. The final effect is usually permanent.