With the advancements in scar revision techniques these days, correcting various types of scars on your skin is easier than it has ever been. There are many different types of scars, ranging from minor acne scars to major scars resulting from burns or old wounds. In the past, surgery was the only option for removing scars, especially deeper ones. Today, laser scar revision procedures effectively remove most types of scars, though sometimes it is more necessary to still resort to surgery. So, when is it more appropriate for you to have laser scar revision over surgery?
At Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Austin, TX, Dr. Malena Amato offers both laser and surgical scar revision treatments to help her patients find healing and renewal after injury. Here’s more information about each procedure type to better understand which one might be best for you and your goals.
What Is Laser Scar Revision?
Laser scar revision uses a CO2 laser device that treats the fibrous bands of collagen and stimulates healing with the dermis. As tiny beams of light enter the skin, they create thousands of microscopic punctures that penetrate deep into the layers of tissue. This prompts the skin to naturally start regenerating while leaving enough healthy tissue in place to provide support. The healthy skin cells will gradually replace the damaged cells in the week following the treatment as collagen distribution becomes balanced.
What Is Surgical Scar Revision?
Surgical scar revision is generally used to remove abnormal scarring such as a keloid, when fat or muscle has been lost due to injury, creating pitted scars. It is also helping when the tissue or muscle beneath the skin hasn’t healed properly, resulting in a reduced range of motion. To perform surgical revisions, your surgeon makes an incision is made around the scar, then closes the incision with layers of self-dissolving sutures. These sutures are designed to provide structural support for healing tissues, keeping the layers of fat, muscles, and skin aligned so that the wound can close properly.
Help To Prevent Scar Formation
First, proper wound care is vital in preventing the formation of raised, darkened, or uneven scars. When you have sustained a deep wound, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention immediately to ensure the wound is closed correctly. If you’re worried about the cosmetic impact of your injury, see a plastic surgeon after seeing your doctor. Scar prevention techniques are more effective when done while the wound is still fresh.
Lastly, you must protect healing skin from sun exposure. UV damage during healing frequently leads to the permanent darkening of scar tissue. Keep your incision covered with protective clothing whenever you go outside until they are no longer pink in color.
Schedule Your Scar Revision Consultation in Austin, TX
Whether you’re interested in laser scar revision or complex reconstructive surgery, Dr. Amato can help you heal from past injuries or improve your self-confidence. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Amato by calling (512) 501-1010 or online through our website.