Scar Revision/Reduction

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Scar Removal

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle

Scar revision procedures are performed in order to reduce the appearance of unwanted scars, and give your skin a more even texture and color.

Scars are the visible markings left behind by previous wounds, and may take on several different forms. Some of the most common scars appear after acne or minor lacerations, and may result in skin discolorations and irregularities. Hypertropic scars are clusters of scar tissue that are usually raised, fairly thick, and discolored. Keloid scars can become quite large, extending beyond the edges of the original wound. Finally, contractures are usually the result of a serious injury and can negatively affect the skin's ability to stretch and move.

There are several different techniques for performing a scar revision procedure, and Dr. Greene will help determine which form of treatment will be most effective for you.

Benefits of Scar Revision

If performed properly, scar revision will dramatically reduce the appearance of scars. While it’s impossible to entirely remove a scar, an effective scar revision procedure will give your skin a more even color, texture, and appearance. In the case of contracture scar revision, an effective treatment can help improve skin elasticity and reduce discomfort.

Scar Revision FAQ

If you have any unwanted, problematic, or painful scars, and are a generally healthy individual, you may be a good candidate for scar revision. A consultation with Dr.Greene will help you decide whether or not to pursue this form of treatment.

There are several different types of scar revision procedures currently available, and Dr. Greene will help you decide which one will be most effective. In general, scar revision procedures fall into one of the following categories:

  • Topical prescription treatments: This type of treatment uses gels, tapes, or external compression in order to close wounds and reduce any discolorations associated with mild scarring.
  • Injectable treatments: Depending on the type of scar being treated, an injectable substance may be used to either flatten out a raised scar or a filler product in a concave scar.
  • Surface treatments: Treatments such as dermabrasion, laser therapy, chemical peels, or skin bleaching may be used to reduce the appearance of scars and reconstruct a smoother, more evenly colored skin tone.
  • Surgical treatments: In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to physically cut out the scar. In these instances, a multi-layered series of sutures are used to reduce any additional postoperative scarring.

While the specific recovery period you experience depends on the type of procedure you receive, you should expect some degree of swelling, discoloration, and discomfort for at least one to two weeks. During this time, be sure to follow all directions for postoperative care provided by our expect skin care team.

After scar revision, you should expect a noticeable decrease in the appearance of your scar. Previously damaged skin should have a more consistent texture and color. In the end, scars are permanent and impossible to entirely erase, but an effective scar revision treatment will significantly decrease the appearance and impact of scars.