Most people, are self-conscious about facial scars. Although scars cannot be removed completely, it is possible to minimize, camouflage or hide them through facial plastic surgery.
Some facial scars are unattractive simply because of where they appear on the face, while others actually interfere with facial expressions. With the use of revision techniques, scars can be made less apparent. Often they can be hidden in the natural creases or folds of the skin.
Scars can result from many types of trauma, including burns. Often, the type of scar determines which technique will provide the best result for you.
Cosmetic Reconstructive Surgery for Scars
Different types of scars respond to different cosmetic surgery techniques, so the timing of surgery is another important decision. In the case of injury, you may be advised against any scar revision for a period of up to a year. The body must be allowed enough time to fully heal.
Severe burns that destroy large sections of skin cause the skin to heal irregularly, resulting in a puckered appearance. As the skin heals, muscles and tendons may be affected by this contracting movement.
- Keloid scars are a result of the skin's overproduction of collagen after a wound has healed. These scars generally appear as growths in the scar site.
- Hypertrophic scars, unlike keloids, do not grow out of the boundaries of the scar area, but because of their thick, raised texture, can be unsightly and may also restrict the natural movement of muscles and tendons.Because scars are highly individual and the patient's attitude toward scars is so personal, maximum improvement in facial scars may require more than one procedure, and more than one technique may be employed.
During a consultation appointment, Dr. Branham will discuss in detail which technique(s) will provide the best result for you. These procedures can be done either in the office with a local anesthesia or under general anesthesia at a surgery center.