The world of cosmetic dermatology services offers a wide variety of options. One of the services you might not know too much about is scar revision. What is it, and how can it help you? Here's what you should know.
As the name suggests, Scar revision is a procedure performed at dermatology and cosmetic centers that can alter the appearance of a scar on the body. The revision performed may improve the cosmetic appearance of a scar, restore function to a part of the body affected by the scar, or even improve symptoms like itchiness in scars. While it's not possible for scars to be completely removed from the skin, scar revision is an excellent option for patients who wish to minimize the appearance of their scars or restore function to a part of the body affected by scar tissue. When minimally invasive and topical treatments don't offer the desired results, scar revision is typically the best option for improving a scar's cosmetic appearance.
While scar revision is a treatment for scars, the truth is that there are many different types of scars. Acne scars, for example, are considered surface irregularities. While acne scar removal can be done via scar revision, there are other less invasive treatments that should be explored here first. On the other hand, hypertrophic scars and keloids often respond much better to procedures like scar revision. Hypertrophic scars are often raised, red in color, and uncomfortable when located on skin that frequently moves. Keloids are even larger than hypertrophic scars and can be painful or itchy. In this case, scar revision may be necessary to reduce discomfort for a patient.
Scar revision comes with a number of benefits. Let's review a few of them.
Cosmetic Improvement - Of all the benefits that scar revision boasts, cosmetic improvement is often the most lauded by patients. Thanks to this procedure, patients can enjoy improved cosmetic appearance in areas where scars may have been more visible.
Smoother Skin - In addition to an improvement in cosmetic appearance, scar revision can often lead to a smoother skin texture. This is particularly beneficial for patients with scarring on the face. Scar revision can make makeup application and shaving much easier.
Improved Function - In many cases, scars can limit mobility for patients. With scar revision, patients can regain mobility in areas where they may have been suffering from major discomfort as a result of their scarring.
Efficient Treatment - While scar revision is an invasive treatment, it's not a terribly long one. In fact, most scar revision procedures are relatively short. So while recovery time may vary depending on the scar, the procedure time is relatively short compared to other surgical treatments.
Scars can be life-changing, and not always for the better. If you're ready to invest in scar revision or you have more questions about reducing the appearance of scarring, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.