Introduction to Scar Revision
At our esteem practice in Miami, scar revision is a very common procedure offered by Dr. Gregory Lewen. As a double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, Gregory D. Lewen, M.D., offers this procedure for men and women in Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Dr. Lewen is one of a select few plastic surgeons who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes.
What is Scar Revision?
Scars are a natural and expected part of healing. Scars can occur as the result of a trauma, accident, burn, inflammatory process (i.e. acne), injury, or surgery. Visible scarring of the skin typically occurs wherever multiple layers of the skin have been affected. Some patients may have medical conditions that predispose them to thicker scar formation, while other patients may be genetically more prone to thicker scar tissue formation as well. Although there are always precautions that can be taken to try to minimize the risk of undesirable scar formation, the healing process can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Some other factors that can also affect undesirable scar tissue formation can include: excessive sun/UV exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption, overexertion after surgery, poor nutrition, and other environmental variables.
Even a wound that heals well overall can potentially result in the formation of a scar that is raised or depressed, different in color or texture from the surrounding healthy tissue, or otherwise more noticeable due to size, shape, or location.
Once a scar forms, it may also change over the course of time, or it can be permanent. Maturation of scar tissue is a process that can sometimes occur over the course of many years, although most scars will begin to settle into their long-term appearance around six months to a year after the initial injury or surgery.
Scar revision may address some or all of these concerns for the patient.