Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at Premier Plastic Surgery have specialized education, training and vast experience in minimizing minor scars to extensive scars anywhere on the face or body.
You may consider scar revision or scar reduction procedures if you have developed scarring due to a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, sports injury, burns, other trauma or from a previous surgery. Your body produces a scar in an attempt to heal a wound as a result of any injury to the skin or deeper structures. The main types of scars include the following:
- Surface irregularities or discoloration, scars resulting from minor trauma, acne scars, and prior surgical incision scars
- Hypertropic scars which are thick, prominent scars are often raised, red, may be uncomfortable, and may become wider or thicker over time. They can be either hyperpigmented (darker in color) or hypopigmented (lighter in color)
- Keloids are even larger than hypertropic scars and can be painful, itchy, and may cause surrounding skin contracture. Keloids can occur anywhere on your body, but develop more commonly in areas where there is little underlying fatty tissue, such as on the face, neck, ears, chest or shoulders. Keloids are more common in darker pigmented individuals. Keloids are often treated with multiple modalities including, but not limited to, radiation, and various injectable agents that reduce reformation of the scar
- Contractures are scars that restrict movement due to skin and underlying tissue contract during healing. They commonly develop after deeper skin and underlying tissue injury such as after a burn. Contractures also can form where a wound crosses a joint, restricting movement of the fingers, elbows, knees or neck
No scar can be made to totally disappear but scar revision non-surgical procedures and scar revision surgery can significantly improve the way the scar looks. Scar revision techniques can make your scar much less noticeable, or less severe.
If your scarring is the result of an injury or involves muscular damage or functional impairment your insurance company may cover some amount of the cost of scar revision. Check with your insurance company to see what your policy covers for reconstruction for scars.