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Scar Revision

*Individual results may vary

Scare removal BeforeScare revision After

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In certain cultures scars symbolise courage and an aggressive spirit, particularly in men. However, to a vast majority of people, scars are a nasty reminder of past trauma. They are seen as a blemish, detracting from natural beauty, rather than adding to it.

Techniques

A variety of techniques are used for scar revisions, none of which is capable of permanently, completely removing scars. The methods all share the common objective of reducing or concealing the scars. Some techniques are calculated to alter the direction of the scar so as to place the scar in the direction of the skin crease rather than at an angle. The scar becomes less evident when its direction is closer to that of the skin crease.

Other techniques are intended to divide the scar into short segments. An extended and lengthy scar creates an eye-catching impression. A scar that is broken into smaller subdivisions, such as a zigzag, creates a less noticeable result.

On occasion, the scar can be moved to a less conspicuous position, such as in hair line or the skin crease behind the ear. Tissue expansion is often employed to realize this goal.

The different texture or colour patch of skin that results from scarring can occasionally be reduced by successive excisions or substitution by a regular-looking adjacent flap of skin. Displaced anatomical structures, such as an eyelid, would have to be repositioned back to their original place. Methods can be employed to take care of the difference in the level of the scar and surrounding skin. Such methods include laser and dermabrasion, and may be used in the treatment of scars resulting from a previous condition of acne. Biological fillers are regularly used to elevate the level of a depressed scar.

Outcome

Scar revision surgery is a series of techniques vigilantly selected to a specific situation and expertly carried out in order to enhance an undesirable scar.*