Scar Revision

Whether a person’s scars are the result of a traumatic injury, accident, or surgical procedure, plastic surgery offers various treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring on the body. At their Atlanta practice, Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole and Dr. Brent Murphy have extensive knowledge in scarring and regularly perform scar revision surgery for individuals who wish to improve the appearance of scars.

Individuals in need of scar revision repair have at least one or more of the following types of scars somewhere on the body:

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are thick as a result of tissue buildup and grow beyond the edges of a wound. Steroid injections are often the best form of treatment for keloid scars because they decrease the discomfort of the scar while reducing its overall size. In some cases, the scar is removed by excising multiple layers of the skin and placing a skin graft over the wound.

Hypertrophic Scars

Like keloids, hypertrophic scars are thick and raised in appearance, but stay within the borders of a wound. Although hypertrophic scars usually fade away on their own, steroid injections or skin grafts can speed up the healing process.

Contractures

This kind of scarring typically forms when burns or large regions of skin are affected by an injury. As the skin heals, the scar pulls the boundaries of the skin together, causing discomfort and sometimes limiting bodily movement. Tissue expansion or skin grafts are used to replace the scar after it is excised.

Acne Scars

Scarring left behind by acne can range from minor to very severe. The severity of each individual’s condition will determine what kind of laser resurfacing treatment will be most beneficial.

Procedure

One of the following plans for treatment will be utilized after considering the scar’s texture, cause, size, thickness and position, along with the patient’s known previous ability to heal.

  1. Injectable Steroids
    Using a very fine needle, steroids are injected directly into the scars to break up the scar tissue. After the scar dissipates over time, it is removed through excision and closed.
  2. Skin Graft
    The scar is excised, and a graft of skin is taken from another area of the body and applied in place of the old scar.
  3. Laser Resurfacing
    Acne scars can be reduced or removed from the skin through laser resurfacing. With minimal downtime, Laser (CO2) Skin Resurfacing and Laser Light (Active FX) Treatment work effectively.

Recovery

After the procedure is complete, patients can expect to experience some swelling and redness around the area where the scar existed. Depending on where the scar was located, patients may need to limit their physical activity for a few weeks until the incisions fully heal. Prescribed medication can be taken for any discomfort that may exist.