Do you have an unsightly scar from previous surgery or from an accident? Relax, you have several options for scar removal plastic surgery in the Houston, Texas area.
Any time skin is injured, it heals from the underlying layers. Cells are rushed to the area to first lay down a scaffold of collagen, elastin, and other building blocks. Then this scaffold is remodeled to give the final appearance. The process can take as long as 6 to 12 months.
Scarring can be caused by many factors. If the skin is not closed properly, it can lead to unsightly scarring. Skin should be closed in multiple layers such that there is no tension on the superficial layers of the skin. Other factors that predispose to scarring include a personal history of keloid scars, sun exposure, and scars that are oriented in a direction that is perpendicular to the natural creases of the face.
Surgery for Facial Scars
Every time skin is cut, a scar will form. The trick is to minimize the look of the scar and camouflage as much as possible. Once a scar is formed, it may be made less visible or relocated surgically.
Almost everyone is self-conscious about facial scars. Our face is what others see first about us. It cannot be covered up, and we put our faces on display every hour of every day. Scars can drastically reduce a person’s self esteem and self worth. Some people may also experience diminished functioning of the eyes, mouth, or nose due to contractures secondary to scarring.
Is Facial Scar Treatment Right for You?
The primary issue with respect to scar revision is for the patient’s expectations and the physician’s expectations to be in line. A person considering facial scar revision must understand that there is no way to remove scars completely. The goal is to improve the appearance of the scar either by disguising it, relocating it, changing its color, or minimizing its prominence.
The consultation is a very important step in scar revision. Skin color and type, age, and the type of scarring, location of scarring are all important factors that must be discussed during the consultation. It is also very important to consult with a plastic surgeon that is well versed in scar revision.
Facial skin is unlike skin anywhere else on the body. It behaves differently than abdominal skin or breast skin. Furthermore, there are many structures such as the facial nerve, the muscles that control mouth movement, the muscles that control eye closure, etc that must all be taken into account. Dr. Athré’s training as a head/neck surgeon and advanced training in facial plastic surgery makes him an ideal person with whom to discuss your scar revision procedure.
The Different Treatments
Different scars require different treatments. Each treatment plan must be customized to the patient, the patient’s skin type, and the type of scar. Simple treatments may include injections of steroids into the scar. Other scars may require laser treatments or dermabrasion. Finally, complicated scars may require surgical excision and re-closure of the skin.