Scar CorrectionScars are marks on the skin caused by a procedure or accident. They are a visible part of the dermis and the tissue that repairs your skin after cutaneous trauma. Even though it is not possible to make them disappear altogether, there are techniques that I can use to make them less apparent. During a scar revision procedure, I begin by removing the scar and stitching up the wound again with advanced aesthetic techniques.
The outcome usually is better than the previous one, and this will help you feel better about that area of your body.
Scars, which are part of the natural healing process, can limit bodily functions or just look unappealing. I can perform several different techniques and procedures depending on the scope of the problem. For example, if a scar is affecting how the body functions, I need to act quickly.
On the other hand, if a patient wants me to work on a scar caused by an incision or wound that does not affect deeper layers of tissue, I always recommend waiting for the scar to develop naturally before doing anything about it. Later on, I can evaluate the scar and perform the most adequate surgical procedure depending on its shape and thickness.
Location and Shape of the ScarNo two bodies produce scars in the same way. Also, no two body parts heal in the same way. That is why I must examine your scar to determine what procedure I can use to improve its appearance.
As a plastic surgery specialist, I will explain to you how the scar could look depending on its position. Scars tend to form along lines of minimum tension, which means that they can be easily concealed. However, some scars pass through tension lines, but even they can be made less evident. The shape of the wound tells me a great deal about how the scar will look. If the scar is circular or semicircular, it might swell around the center. Scars that are perpendicular or don't have a precise shape are considered to be low-quality scars.
Horizontal scars on the scalp, palms, soles of the feet, eyelids (after a blepharoplasty), and forehead are usually good quality or marks that don't create a complex in the patient. On the other hand, scars that are located on the lower limbs, back, middle the face, and jaw can be unsightly. The same is true with vertical or oblique marks on the eyelids and forehead.
Techniques to Correct ScarsThe most common procedures to reduce the visibility of scars are: simple excision, W-plasty, and Z-plasty.
I perform excisions by drying the entire scar and carefully stitching the edges of the wound. I use this technique for lineal and thin scars.
W-plasty consists in of drying the scar and then excising triangles on both sides of it. These triangles break the scar line on the skin, and the scar tends to look more like the skin's tension lines.