People who have a scar on their face can feel self-conscious or embarrassed by it. For others, it is a reminder of a trauma, accident or acne that you’d rather forget. There are ways to make a scar less noticeable and blend it with the rest of your face with surgery, dermabrasion, lasers or fillers.
At your consultation our doctor will review your goals, examine the scar, offer treatment options and discuss expectations in order to help you achieve the best possible results. Scars cannot be removed completely, however, it can be disguised or made less obvious. Factors that affect the success of scar revision Los Angeles, include the patient’s age, skin color, skin type, type of scarring and location. The timing of of scar revision is a critical consideration. In some cases, it is best to delay a surgical revision for one year after the injury, to allow healing from the initial trauma, in other situations, treatment can begin sooner.
There are various types of scars, like keloids (which occurs as a result of overproduction of collagen after a wound has healed and has grown beyond the boundaries of the scar. Hypertophic scars, on the other hand, are limited to the boundaries of the scar, but have a thick, raised appearance which can be unattractive or even limit normal function. A scar contracture is a broad scar resulting typically from a burn, with puckering of skin and limitation of function.
Facial scars are complex. To achieve maximal improvement, more than one procedure, and multiple techniques may be necessary to achieve the best results.
There are several excellent options to reduce the look and noticability of a scar. A “z-plasty” technique can make a scar less noticeable and can also be used to hide a scar in a nearby fold, wrinkle or crease.
Excising an existing scar and replacing it with a “w-plasty” or “irregular geometric pattern” can camouflage a scar by tricking the eye into seeing short bursts of lines instead of one long scar. Skin flaps can be used to rotate adjacent, healthy tissue into an area that once had scar tissue. In cases where a flap is not possible, a skin graft may be taken from a nearby site and placed into the area where the scar existed. With time, new blood vessels will grow into the graft site and allow it to survive.
There are several non-surgical options for scar revision, such as dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. These methods make rough or elevated scars less prominent by removing part of the upper layers of skin. While the scar may remain, it will be smoother and less visible. Acne scars are often treated with laser (such as ResurFX) or dermabrasion.
Keloid or hypertropic scars can be treated first with injections of steroids to reduce size; if they are still visible, the scar can be reduced surgically, and the incisions closed with fine stitches, resulting in a less prominent scar.
Depressed scars can be injected with intradermal fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm or Prevelle Silk, to raise them to match the level of the rest of the skin and make them less noticeable.
Changing the appearance of your scar can help change how you feel about yourself. Schedule a consultation today to see what options are available for you.