Life is often unpredictable and chances are that at some point throughout the course of your lifetime, you will experience some form of injury or even a surgical procedure. While unavoidable, it is likely that one or more of these instances have left you with a physical reminder of this trauma in the form of a scar. Although they are a natural part of the healing process, poor healing may lead to scars that are obvious, disfiguring, or unsightly, leaving the bearer with feelings of discomfort or embarrassment. Unfortunately, a scar may never be completely erased, but scar revision can dramatically improve its appearance, condition, and even location.
What Are the Benefits of Scar Revision Surgery?
Several factors play into the severity of a scar, including genetics or certain medical conditions that predispose patients to thicker scar formation, smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol consumption, or excessive UV exposure. Typical scar revision treatment can range from simple topical ointments to minimally invasive procedures, but in cases where scarring is thicker, raised, or more pronounced, surgical scar revision with advanced techniques in wound closure performed by a plastic surgeon is highly recommended.
What Should I Expect from Scar Revision Surgery?
It is important for anyone considering this procedure to have realistic goals as there is no way to completely remove scars. Scar revision surgery aims to improve the appearance of the scar by softening, excising, or disguising it while attempting to even out the texture and tone of the skin to blend it into surrounding structures. The end result should be a cosmetic improvement, but perfection must not be expected. Some individual patient characteristics can also play a role in the effectiveness of the procedure such as age, skin tone and type, the location of the scar, and history of keloid or thick scar formation. Dr. Lewen will address these details with you during your initial consultation to provide you with a clearer expectation of your individual results.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have lived with traumatic, uncomfortable, or embarrassing scarring, there is hope. Dr. Gregory D. Lewen of Lewen Cosmetic Surgery is trained in finding a scar treatment that fits your individual needs. Contact us today at our Miami or Aventura locations to schedule a consultation.