Changing the Appearance of Scars with Surgical Scar Removal / Revision
Scar formation is your body’s natural response to injury of the skin. It is an important and integral part of wound healing. While mostly harmless, scars can become unsightly and undermine our self confidence.
Among the most common causes of scars are surgery (cesarean section, orthopedic operations, etc.), skin cancer removal (Moh’s procedure), dog bites, car accidents and other skin injuries. Scars that occur as a result of trauma often heal poorly because of the tissue damage associated with the injury.
While the scar appearance is usually quite acceptable, occasionally the scar can raise, thicken, or become red. This type of scarring is called “˜hypertrophic scarring.’ Some individuals may even develop an extreme form of scarring called a “keloid.’
At Changes, we offer several treatments for scars of all sizes and severity.
Surgical removal of the scar remains one of the most effective and immediate treatments for scarring. By excising the scar and carefully closing the new wound with plastic surgical techniques, patients can see dramatic improvement.
This technique requires the skill of a plastic surgeon with excellent technique in wound closure. Our surgeons are meticulous in revising unsightly scars. There are also several new non-surgical treatments for scarring including laser treatments, dermabrasion, silicone gel sheeting, and steroid creams and injections.
Scar Revision with Dog Ear Correction
A component of some plastic surgery wound closures is a resulting puckering at the end of the scar. It can occur after the repair of certain skin defects and at the end of skin-tightening incisions. The resultant puckering is cone-like in shape and is commonly known in plastic surgery as “dog-ears”. At Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, we often use a multi-procedure approach for dog ear correction.
This patient suffered a bullet ricochet wound to the cheek which was repaired leaving a dog ear both above and below the repair site. Dr. Lee performed an excision of the dog ears followed by RFAL (radio frequency assisted lipolysis) to debulk the areas until a nice flat contour was achieved.
Read more in in our Blog 5 Methods to Improve Scars at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa.