Acne Scars Treatment

SCAR therapy

Scar revision surgery is an attempt to minimize a scar so that it is less prominent and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture.

What is scar revision?

Scar revision surgery attempts to minimize a visible scar so that it is less prominent and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture with minimal visibility.

Scars are visible marks that remain after a wound has healed. They are the inevitable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unforeseeable. Poor wound healing may lead to scars that are prominent, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a nicely healed wound can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be more pronounced due to their size, shape or location; they can also be raised or depressed, and may vary in color or texture from the surrounding healthy skin.

Your treatment options may vary based on the type and degree of scarring and can include:

Simple topical treatments

Minimally invasive procedures

Surgical revision with advanced techniques in wound closure

Although scar revision can provide a more acceptable cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased. Scar therapy is mandatory after surgical revision to prevent abnormal scarring.

What are different types of scars?

The different types of scars include:

Discoloration or surface irregularities: these can be cosmetically improved by surgery or other minimally invasive treatments recommended by your plastic surgeon. These types of scars do not impair function or cause physical discomfort and include acne scars as well as scars resulting from minor injury and prior surgical incisions but these are obvious cause of low self-esteem and social anxiety.

Hypertrophic scars: are thick clusters of scar that develop directly at a wound site. They are often raised, red(discolored) and/or uncomfortable and may become wider over time or across the joints may develop contractures. They can be hyperpigmented (darker in color) or hypopigmented (lighter in color).

Keloids: are larger than hypertrophic scars. They can be painful or itchy, and may also pucker. They extend beyond the edges of an original wound or incision. They are related more to genetic predisposition. Keloids can occur anywhere on your body, but they occur more commonly where there is little underlying fatty tissue, such as on the face, neck, ears, chest or shoulders.

Contractures: are scars that limit movements due to skin and underlying tissue that are contracted during healing. They can occur when there is a large amount of tissue loss, such as after a burn. Contractures also can form where a wound crosses a joint, restricting movement of the fingers, elbows, knees or neck.

The type of scar you have will depicts the appropriate techniques your plastic surgeon will use to improve your scar.

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