Scar Revision

The severity of scarring is dependant on a number of variables including the depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, the thickness and the colour of your skin and the direction of the scar.

 

At Omni Surgery & Anti-aging, through injections, steroid medication or surgical procedures, we can often improve the appearance of the scar.  

 

Known as scar revision, we are focused on improving the appearance of all types of scars. The type of scars that exist include:

 

Keloid Scars - These are itchy, thick, puckered clusters of scar tissue that grow around the edges of a wound or incision.  They occur when the body continues to produce collagen after a wound has already healed.  They primarily occur most commonly on earlobes, shoulders and over the breastbone.  Keloid scars are most often treated using a steroid medication, although additional surgical procedures may be necessary.

 

Hypertrophic Scars - These scars are similar to keloids in that they tend to be thick, red and raised. However, the difference is that they are within the boundaries of the wound or incision.  Once again steroid applications or injections may be used, more aggressive hypertrophic scars may require both steroid and surgical procedures.

 

Contractures - Where there is a large loss of skin area from burns or other injuries a scar may form that pulls the edge of the skin together referred to as contraction.  The contraction may affect restrict movement as it affects adjacent muscles and tendons.  To correct contracture, skin grafts or a flap may be involved or a procedure known as Z-plasty may be used.  Z-plastic is a surgical technique used to reposition a scar so that it more closely conforms to the natural lines and creases of the skin, where it will be less noticeable.* It can also relieve the tension caused by contracture.*

 

Facial Scars - These scars, due to their location are considered cosmetic.  Correction of facial scars can either be done through dermabrasion or by simply cutting out and closing with tiny stitches, leaving a thinner, less noticeable scar.  Making a scar less noticeable is just as much an art as a science. 

 

Post Scar Revision

 

As with any scar revision procedure, following post-op instructions is critically important to ensuring that the best results are achieved.  Contact us for an appointment to determine a cosmetic solution for you.