At Buckhead Plastic Surgery in Atlanta
Regardless of the type of trauma that caused it, a scar can not only diminish the appearance of the skin where it is located, but may also inhibit the function and mobility of the surrounding tissues. For these reasons, patients often turn to Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen for scar revision procedures.
While this type of surgery does not remove a scar altogether, it can make it less visible and can also improve one's quality of life. Tasks and movements that may have been more difficult because of the scar can be made easier.
Deciding If You Are Right for Scar Revision
Scar revision can be performed on adults who have experienced some sort of trauma to the skin or body that has resulted in a scar the patient feels is unsightly or diminishes their quality of life in some way. If you are looking to undergo scar revision, you should understand what the procedure is capable of achieving. If you expect diminished scar appearance and some regained mobility, scar revision may be right for you.
Several procedures may be performed as a part of scar revision. In your consultation with Dr. Larsen, he will examine your scar and recommend a treatment plan for your specific scar type and condition.
How It's Done
For many types of more minor scar revision, you will be given a local anesthetic and possibly sedation.
For raised scars, Dr. Larsen may perform a type of shave excision. In this procedure, he will use careful techniques to bring the surface of the scar even with the surrounding skin. This will create a smoother appearance.
Some scars may be removed in an elliptical pattern. By removing the ellipse of skin encompassing the scar, Dr. Larsen will be able to cleanly close the incision and minimize the size of the scar.
Other types of scars may be corrected by actually replacing them with a different, less noticeable scar. Sometimes, Dr. Larsen may make a W or Z-shaped incision across the surface of a scar. By resuturing the skin in the new direction, the previous scar is broken up and made less noticeable. This may also improve the mobility of the skin.
In some cases, a skin flap or graft may be necessary to repair a scar. In this case, a section of skin near the scar or from a donor site on your body will be removed and placed where the scar once was. Dr. Larsen will then close the incision at the harvest site and at the site of the scar with sutures.
What to Expect from Scar Revision
After your scar revision procedure, the skin at the surgery site will be covered with bandages and may feel tight. You will need to take care to limit movement of the area for the first few days as the incisions heal. You will also be responsible for changing the bandages and keeping the wound clean to avoid infection.
You should be aware that it can take several months for the new scar to heal. In the meantime, it may appear raised and the pigmentation darker than you anticipated. Once it has settled, the skin will be smoother, it will be less noticeable and you should regain some mobility of the skin and surrounding tissues.
Risks from scar revision are generally rare but can include infection or poor healing. Dr. Larsen is able to answer any questions you have about complications during your consultation.
While some injection therapies or non-surgical treatments may be able to diminish the appearance of a scar, only scar revision can dramatically improve a scar's appearance while improving function.
Learn More about Scar Revision
To learn more about reparative scar revision surgery in the Buckhead business district of North Atlanta, please join the mailing list of plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen. He and his staff are eager to hear from you and to schedule a consultation at (404) 367‐9005.