Accidents happen and, unfortunately, major trauma can often leave noticeable scarring.
While scarring is often not a major aesthetic problem on most areas of the body, facial scars can be particularly upsetting when they form. Facial scars can serve as a painful reminder of past trauma, and may compromise the aesthetics of the face.
Fortunately, with advances in plastic surgery, many severe facial scars can be improved with a surgery known as scar revision.
Since there is a range of different facial scar types that can occur, however, only one type of surgical technique is not effective for treating every scar. Here are some of the common techniques used for improving the appearance of scars.
The basic scar revision technique, excision involves the surgical removal of excess scar tissue. Following this process, the skin is pulled over the area, and small, discreet stitches are placed, resulting in a less noticeable scar.
Z-plasty and related techniques involve moving and turning the scar to make it less noticeable. A z-shaped incision is made, and the scar is turned and hidden in a natural skin fold, in most cases. For large scars, a series of z-shaped incisions and transposition may be necessary.
When the scar tissue removed does not lend itself to being covered fully by a nearby flap of skin, a skin graft must sometimes be used. This technique is usually avoided, as skin flaps are much more desirable and yield a better outcome.
Microdermabrasion and laser treatments can be used to treat raised and minor scars in some cases. The advantage of these treatments is they require less recovery than surgical treatments; however, the amount of improvement may not be as much.
Which Technique is Right for You?
Every scar is unique, and there is no specific criteria for which treatment will work best in a given situation. The best way to figure out which treatment method is best for you is to consult with a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon.
He or she will consider factors such as your age, skin type and skin color, in addition to the scar itself when planning your treatment. Keep in mind that no scar can be removed completely, but you can expect significant improvement following treatment. Whether your scar is old or new, you should seek advice and learn about your options for the present or future.
If you’d like to reduce the appearance of your scar while you consider options for treatment, many scars can be somewhat camouflaged by using makeup. This can help with confidence and self-esteem while you research your options. Don’t rush into a decision–it’s best to take your time and learn about the procedure before you undergo surgery.
Choosing Your Surgeon
Choosing your surgeon is the most important step in your treatment plan. When you’re ready to move forward with your scar revision treatment, it’s time to start setting up consultations with expert surgeons like Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey is a boardcertified facial plastic surgeon who strives to give his patients beautiful, natural results. For more information about scar revision at Revesse, call 416.438.2499 today to schedule your consultation.