Those Scars Don’t Have to be Permanent
September 1st, 2017 | Posted in: Skincare | Tags: scar revision surgery
Are you tired or embarrassed of an unsightly scar? Whether the scar is the result of a traumatic injury or even a previous surgery, scar revision surgery can improve your appearance. Don’t let those scars stop you from feeling confident during Summer swimsuit season.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Ideal candidates for scar revision surgery are in good physical and emotional health. Patients should refrain from smoking before the procedure, as this can delay healing and keep them from attaining the best results. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
Scar revision is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes just a couple of hours to complete, and may be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the size, type, and location of the scar.
There are various treatments that Dr. Chiu can perform depending on the size, type, and location of the scar. These include:
This is for minor scars that exist on the surface or just below the skin, microdermabrasion can effectively reduce the appearance of the scar.
For depressed scars, fillers can be used to effectively improve the appearance. Since these fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, patients do not have to worry about serious complications occurring from this treatment.
For scars that are very deep and sunken into the skin, an incision may be made in the skin to completely remove the scar.
In some cases, a skin graft is removed from another part of the body and used to diminish the appearance as well as improve the patient’s flexibility that a scar has prevented.
After the procedure is complete, you may feel tightness and discomfort in the targeted area. Swelling, redness and some discomfort will be apparent, but these symptoms can be eased with prescribed pain medication. These symptoms will subside in the coming weeks. The scar will be covered with bandages and silicone tape, which can help speed up the process of healing the scar as it diminishes over time. Although many patients feel that they can return to work in a few days, they should refrain from strenuous exercise and activity for about a week or until the scar is completely healed.
Although your final results will not be evident immediately after your treatment is complete, your scar will show a noticeable improvement over the next few weeks. Typically, patients are very happy with the outcome of their treatment and can live their life knowing that they will no longer have to worry about their scar. The results of scar revision surgery can be long-lasting as long as the individual protects the treated area from sun exposure and maintains a healthy lifestyle.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
When choosing a specialist for scar revision surgery in Los Angeles, you should always choose a surgeon whom you can trust and with whom you can have candid, comprehensive and open communications. Dr. Chiu provides a relaxed environment for patients and ensures that your consultation is a comfortable, enjoyable experience in which you feel confident expressing concerns and asking any and all questions regarding your procedure(s). Dr. Chiu takes the time to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives so he can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire. If you are considering a breast reduction, please contact us here today to schedule a consultation.