Scar revision surgery

  • Tuesday August 22, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

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    Scars are the last things that we want to have on our bodies. Unfortunately, scratches, wounds, and cuts are inevitable companions. They can strike at times we least expect them. And the result; Unsightly scars that vary on size, shape and degree of nastiness.

    If the scar can be hidden by clothing and accessories, it shouldn’t be a bother. However, if the scars are very prominent and unsightly, you might as well think of doing something about it. But then again, it depends on personal preference. If you are the type who cringe at the sight of scars on your skin then perhaps, scar revision surgery is just what you need.

    For keloid scars, the treatment involves injecting a steroid medication directly into the scar tissue. This will reduce redness, itching and burning and in some cases, this will also cause the scar to shrink. If steroid treatment is insufficient, the scar tissue can be cut out and the wound closed with stitches.

    For hypertrophic scars, those that came about because of incisions and wounds can be improved surgically. Excess scar tissue will be removed and the incision is reposition so that it heals in a less visible pattern.

    For contractions, those that are formed due to burns and other injuries, cutting out the scar and a flap replacement is necessary. In some cases, a procedure known as Z-plasty is also employed. Z-plasty closes the incision with a Z-shaped line of sutures making the scar look thinner and less visible.

    The patient has to be aware of the fact that no scar can be removed completely. Scar revision surgery only improves the appearance of the scar. Thus, anybody interested to undergo scar revision surgery must discuss the matter along with other issues such as complications and risks, with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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  • Anonymous - October 19, 2006, 10:35 pm PDT

    Who would have thought that a hike on a warm summer day would have turned into a permanent mark on my upper thigh? Southern Los Angeles is filled with amazing hiking spots and even a bit of infrequently used terrain. For an adventure lover this was very exciting to me, but the overgrowth proved to be a source of poison ivy. Two weeks later and I was covered not only with poison ivy, but with rash-filled wounds from where braches had scratched me.

    Now I have a pretty large discolored scar area on my upper right thigh and it isn’t appealing in the least bit. When Neosporin and other scar treatments prove inadequate you can receive some pretty basic procedure called scars revisions
    . It’s a surgical method of decreasing the appearance of scars and can even be applied to thick scars like hypertrophic scars and keloid scars which can otherwise be difficult to remove. You’re a candidate if you simply have a scar that you want to make appear less noticeable.

    Each scar situation has to be approached differently, but the procedures are fairly simple and pain free. You usually only have to have one treatment. Treatments take anywhere from 30minutes to two hours depending on the size, location and severity of the scar.

    So if you have a scar that just won’t fade, it really makes sense to go through with something like scars revisions

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