Scar Revision Surgery in Gainesville, FL
Whether caused by accident or surgery, the appearance of scars can be significantly improved through a series of steroid injections and/or surgical procedures like dermabrasion and reconstruction scar revision. By surgically removing layers of damaged tissue, these procedures soften the edges of surface irregularities leaving the skin with a smoother, more desirable appearance. Scar tissue forms as a natural part of the healing process. The extent of the scar may be affected by the size, depth and location of the injury as well as by a person's age, hereditary factors, and characteristics of the skin.
Gainesville Scar Revisions
Scars form when an injury, burn or surgery affect multiple layers of the skin. Depending on their size, shape and color, scars can cause significant levels of dissatisfaction and insecurity. Though scars are inevitable, some are much more visible. If you have a scar that you are unhappy with, you may want to consider the potential advantages of Gainesville plastic surgery.
Types of Scars
Though there scars may appear in a variety of places on your face, neck and body, they can be categorized into four main types:
- Keloid scars: During the healing process, some wounds produce an abundance of collagen resulting in large, red growths that extend beyond the natural edges of the wound. Treatment typically involves a combination of steroid injections and surgery.
- Facial scars: In order to minimize noticeable scars on one’s face, our experienced scar revision Gainesville, FL, team can reduce the size of the incision site, align the scar with natural facial folds or perform laser skin resurfacing.
- Hypertrophic scars: Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars in that they are large and red, but they do not grow outside of the edges of the wound. While some hypertrophic scars improve on their own, others do not and can be treated with steroid injections and surgery.
- Burn scars: Following severe burns, skin may appear puckered and reduce mobility in surrounding muscles and tendons. Skin flap procedures have proven effective in reducing the appearance of burn scars.
Scar Revision Plastic Surgery Procedure
The specific procedure used to reduce the appearance of scars will differ depending on the type of scar. For puckered skin caused by burns, our surgeon will remove a flap of healthy skin from one area of the body and transferred to the affected site. Z-Plasty is a technique that is used to move a scar to a natural fold or crease so that the scar is less noticeable. During the procedure, new incisions are made on either side of the scar creating flaps, which are then rearranged to cover the initial scar. The surgeon will then use tiny stitches to close up the wound.
What to Expect
Some scar revision surgeries will only require local anesthesia. However, for the majority of procedures, general anesthesia will be used so you will sleep during the surgery.
Ideal candidates for these procedures should be healthy, non-smoking patients without any pre-existing conditions. It is also important for candidates to have realistic expectations. While the scar will be less noticeable, no scar can be removed completely. Additionally, final results may vary depending on skin color, ethnicity, age and your individual healing rate.
Following scar revision surgery, you may experience mild, temporary bruising and soreness. Gainesville plastic surgeons will provide you with specific post-care instructions before your procedure, but you should be able to return to work within one to two days. Best results are found in patients who protect their scars from sunlight and avoid smokers.
Plastic Surgeons in Gainesville, FL
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your scars, find the right scar revision Gainesville, FL, surgeon for you. Dr. Poser at Poser Plastic Surgery Center is a highly qualified surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in plastic surgery. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.