They say that a scar is your body’s way of telling you it’s healing. But sometimes a scar can be an unsightly embarrassment, no matter the cause. Once a scar forms, it is permanent but may be less visible with a surgical procedure.
With very few exceptions, most people are self-conscious about facial scars. Some may experience diminished functioning of the eyes, mouth or nose due to scarring. A facial scar revision procedure can improve your appearance, self-confidence and your level of facial functioning.
THE KELOID REMOVAL PROCEDURE
Scar revision is a surgical procedure that is used to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It can also restore function and correct disfigurement caused by an injury, wound or previous surgery. Although a scar cannot be removed completely, the doctors at Lexington Plastic Surgeons can improve the appearance of a scar by making it less noticeable.
Many factors can affect the severity of a scar, including the size and depth of a wound, blood supply to the area, thickness and color of your skin and the direction of the scar. It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon that can help determine which procedure is best for you.
There are several treatment options, which vary based on the type and degree of scarring. Z-Plasty is a surgical technique that repositions the scar to closely conform to the natural lines and creases of your skin, making it less noticeable. This procedure is recommended for most patients due to its effectiveness.
The ideal candidate for scar revision surgery is a healthy individual of any age who would like to improve the appearance of scars anywhere on their body. It is beneficial if the candidate does not have acne or other skin conditions that require treatment.
- Temporary discoloration or discomfort will occur the first 2 weeks
- Healing is expected to continue for several weeks
- Dressing may be removed after 1-2 weeks post surgery
- Minimal activity is advised post surgery
- Use of scar products (Keloid Care, Scarshield) and massages to affected area(s) are essential for individuals prone to thickened or keloid scars
Keloid Care is a new and innovative topical cream specifically designed to help improve the appearance of thick or stubborn scars like keloids and hypertrophic (raised) scar and lighten any discoloration in the affected and surrounding areas. The cream is carefully formulated with Beta Ionone, a powerful antioxidant proven to nourish skin and improve the appearance of thick and stubborn scars. Keloid Care also contains Aloe, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and other natural ingredients commonly used to moisturize and soften the skin.
The Advanced Superficial Radiation Therapy Procedure
Lexington Plastic Surgeons offers the most advanced treatment options. The Sensus Healthcare Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT-100) system for the treatment of keloids achieves impressive outcomes when combined with surgery. This low-energy radiation dose is directed to the topical area, leaving minimal to no scarring and lessening the chance for the recurrence of stubborn keloids. We understand your struggle with keloids and want to help you look and feel like your best self.
The Candela Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment Procedure
The pulse dye laser will deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the affected skin. Most patients report a warming or tingling sensation during treatment. No anesthesia is required but may be used if requested. Candela’s laser also offers an innovative cooling method, which lubricates the skin before the laser emits its pulse, minimizing discomfort.