When your skin incurs damage due to surgery, an accident or a burn, scarring can occur. Scars can become thick (hypertrophied) or even grow beyond the size of the original scar and produce growths (keloid). One factor that can influence a scar is the direction of the scar in relation to the natural skin creases. Scar surgery is the kind of cosmetic surgery that can remove your scars and give you a boost of confidence!
Age also plays a role in scarring. The skin of young people and children is more taut than the skin of older people. This increases the risk that scars will increase in size in young people and children.
Burns also result in horrible scars that can constrict which can lead to diminished joint mobility (contracture). In such cases scar removal surgery can make life more wordy to live after treatment.
The goal of scar surgery is to improve the shape of the scar. We cannot guarantee the final results of a scar surgery even though this is performed with the utmost care. Keep in mind that scars can remain swollen, red, itchy and even painful for a long time after surgery. Scars go through many phases of development.
Please feel free to make an appointment if you have any questions about a scar. The plastic surgeon will examine your scar and will take your medical history. He will also ask you what your expectations are for scar correction. Sometimes it is better not to operate on the scar simply because the surgeon expects little or no improvement. Poor circulation of blood due to vascular disease can also constitute a reason not to re-open a wound.
Once a decision has been made to perform a scar correction, the doctor will explain which treatment option or operation will produce the best results. The basic rule is to get properly informed before you decide to take a scar surgery treatment!