Following injury, trauma, or surgery, scars can be a continuous reminder of your pain. If they are in a visible location, you may feel self-conscious of their presence or feel they negatively affect your appearance or even your well-being. While scar revision surgery can not completely get rid of a scar or scar tissue, it can significantly reduce it’s size and appearance so you can feel more confident.
When the middle layer of skin, the dermis, is damaged, your body generates new collagen fibers in order to help with the healing process. Because the new collagen fibers differ in texture than the existing skin tissue, a scar is formed. If you have a prominent scar or one that affects your self-confidence or even functionality, scar revision surgery with Dr. Ortiz, our North Raleigh plastic surgeon, can help.
Because scars vary so much, scar revision surgeries are highly customized to each individual patients' needs. We utilize a variety of scar revision methods to get the best possible outcome. For example, for scars that cause a depression in the skin, we can use a steroid-based compound or dermal filler to raise the area so it is even with the skin around it. While this treatment is temporary, it can last a few months to several years. On the other hand, scars that are on the top layers of skin can benefit from microdermabrasion or laser therapy.
Scars that are deep often require a more intensive method of revision called a layered closure. The scar is excised and each layer of tissue and skin are closed using dissolving sutures. In some cases, skin grafting may be necessary if there isn't an appropriate amount of healthy skin around the excision. The final result of this procedure is a less noticeable scar.
Scar tissue can seriously impact your life, from causing insecurity and self-consciousness to even limiting mobility and functionality. Dr. Ortiz, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has performed scar revision surgery to countless patients, helping them look better and regain a range of functionality. To schedule your consultation, call our Raleigh plastic surgery center at 919-532-2270 or fill out our easy to use below.