Scars are caused by the body’s natural healing process in the event of trauma to the skin tissue. Poor healing or deep cuts often leave dark scars, or scarring that is raised or recessed and stands out against the surrounding skin.
Scar revision works by minimizing the appearance of a scar so that it more closely resembles the tone and appearance of the skin surrounding the scar. While scars cannot generally be completely eliminated, they can be altered to match the surrounding area as much as possible so that they blend in more seamlessly.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Scar Revision?
Any person who has a scar that they would like to see minimized in appearance is a good candidate for scar revision, though results are best for candidates who don’t smoke and don’t have irritated skin at the site of the revision.
What to Expect from a Scar Revision Procedure
Because every scar is different in size, shape and appearance, Dr. Beaty, one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in Atlanta and Alpharetta, will determine which course of treatment based on each patient’s needs and expectations. Some scar revisions require topical treatments (applied to the scar directly) that help to reduce the appearance of the scar over time. Other recommended treatments may include skin resurfacing techniques, such as dermabrasion or laser therapy.
For more prominent scars, surgery may be the best treatment option. During a surgical scar revision procedure, Dr. Beaty will use either local or general anesthesia for the procedure. He will then use a variety of methods that may include shaving a raised scar, creating a new, less noticeable scar by breaking up the original scar, or removing it in an elliptical pattern. In some cases, skin grafts or flaps may be necessary.
What are the Side Effects of Scar Revision?
Depending on the severity of the scar and the treatment used for scar revision, side effects may vary. Most scar revisions will result in some swelling, redness and tenderness; these side effects will subside within a few days to a few weeks after the procedure.
When Should Patients Expect Results from a Scar Revision?
Scar revision results should be immediate, but swelling and redness may take a few days to two weeks to completely subside and reveal the full results. The scar will continue to fade over time to match the surrounding skin.
Minimize Facial Scars with Scar Revision in Atlanta, Georgia
You don’t have to feel self-conscious about facial scars. Contact the Alpharetta or Midtown Atlanta office of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery at 770-727-1824 or online to book your scar revision consultation today!