Reducing the appearance of scars and improving function
Scar revision treatments aim to improve the appearance of scars, whether they’re caused by surgery, injury, acne, or other factors. The choice of treatment depends on the type of scar, its size, location, and the patient’s individual characteristics. Revising scars is also useful in decreasing contracture and improving movement and function.
Here are some of the best treatments for scar revision:
Silicone Gel Sheets or Gels: These are commonly used for both old and new scars. They help soften and flatten the scar over time by maintaining hydration and creating a protective barrier.
Minimally Invasive Procedures:
Microdermabrasion: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of the skin, promoting new skin growth and reducing the appearance of superficial scars.
Microneedling: Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves using tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving the texture of scars.
Laser Therapy: Various lasers, such as fractional laser or pulsed-dye laser, can target scar tissue and stimulate collagen remodeling. Laser treatments can improve the color, texture, and overall appearance of scars.
Dermal Fillers: For depressed scars, dermal fillers can be injected beneath the scar to raise it to the level of surrounding skin.
Steroid Injections: These injections can help flatten and soften hypertrophic or keloid scars by reducing inflammation and promoting collagen breakdown.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): PRP injections utilize the patient’s own blood components to stimulate healing and improve scar texture.
Layering Treatments: Often, a combination of different treatments, such as laser therapy followed by microneedling, can yield more comprehensive results.
Excision: Surgical removal of the scar tissue, followed by careful closure, can be effective for certain types of scars. The resulting scar from the excision may be smaller and less noticeable.
Z-plasty or W-plasty: These surgical techniques involve repositioning the scar to follow natural skin creases, which can help camouflage the scar’s appearance.
Skin Grafting: For larger scars, skin grafts involve taking a piece of skin from another part of the body and transplanting it to cover the scarred area.