Scars may be caused by accidental trauma, burns, surgery or acne. Although permanent, scars can be improved and minimized by the procedure of scar revision.
The treatment of early scars is often non-surgical, and may include injections of a dilute steroid or fluorouracil—both of which minimize the production of scar tissue—as well as compression garments with silastic sheeting or scar gels containing biologically active ingredients. Keloid and hypertrophic scars may also respond to these treatments.
Mature scars that are unsightly, permanent or pigmented are often best treated with surgical scar revision using a variety of techniques to alter the thickness, direction, and length of the scar. Such techniques may include linear excision, Z-plasty, W-plasty, geometric broken line closure and other techniques, usually performed with only local anesthetics.
Treatment After Scar Revision
Postoperatively, the revised scar is often treated with additional measures mentioned above to help ensure the optimal healing results, especially for the first six to 12 weeks. To learn more about scar revision, a consultation is advised.
For more information about scar revisions from Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Center, or to schedule your personalized appointment with us, please call us 309-589-3223.