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Who Is a Candidate for Scar Revision?
Scar revision can benefit patients of nearly any age. Candidates are often bothered by scars that are:
- In a highly visible location, such as the face
- Itchy or painful
Candidates must be free of serious medical conditions, especially those that impede the body’s ability to heal. Certain skin issues, such as active acne, in the treatment area may need to be resolved prior to a scar revision procedure.
Patients who do not smoke are ideal candidates. However, smokers who agree to abstain for a period of time before, during, and after their procedure, as directed, can also be candidates for scar revision.
Candidates must have a realistic outlook for the results of their treatment. They must understand that significant improvements can be achieved but that some visible evidence of the wound will remain.
What Is the Scar Revision Surgery Treatment Process?
Dr. Sanan offers surgical scar revision to address scars on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and other areas of the face. He has earned recognition for providing exceptional outcomes with scar revision surgery in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Sanan will meet with you for a consultation to assess the scar(s) you want to treat and determine the most effective revision approach for your needs. Scar revision surgery is typically best for deep, severe scars that will not respond to less invasive treatment options.
Scar revision surgery begins with administering local or general anesthesia, depending on the scar size and patient preference. Once the patient is under the effect of the anesthesia, Dr. Sanan will make any necessary incisions, so he can surgically remove scar tissue and discolored skin.
He will then close the skin with stitches. If a scar was particularly deep, a layering closure technique may be necessary to ensure the best possible outcome.
You will be given complete aftercare instructions, which will explain how to care for the treatment area and support optimal healing. You may experience tenderness, swelling, or discoloration in the treatment area for up to two weeks after your scar revision surgery. Over the next several weeks, the post-surgery mark will gradually fade as the healing process progresses.
Types of Scars
Depending on the patient and the nature of the wound he or she suffered, scars vary greatly in size, color, texture, depth, and consistency. Some of the most common types of scars treated by Dr. Emer and Dr. Sanan include:
A large number of Dr. Emer’s scar revision patients are concerned about acne scars. Dr. Emer has worked with countless acne patients and understands the impact this skin condition and the scars it leaves behind can have on a patient’s quality of life.
He has devoted much of his professional career to developing innovative, effective treatments that minimize the effects of acne and acne scars. You can learn more about Dr. Emer’s exclusive acne scar treatments here.
When a scar creates a pit or indentation in the skin, it is considered an atrophic scar. These concave scars are categorized as ice pick scars, boxcar scars, or rolling scars, based on their appearance. Facial piercing holes, chickenpox, mole removal surgery, and acne can cause atrophic scars.
Atrophic scar revision involves eliminating the depression to restore an even skin surface. A skin rejuvenation treatment or other minimally invasive procedure can then smooth away textural irregularities, if needed.
In contrast to atrophic scars, which sit below the surface of the skin, hypertrophic scars are raised above the skin’s surface. Redness, itchiness, and/or pain may accompany these scars.
Hypertrophic scars can develop from many kinds of skin wounds. They are more likely to form when the healing process is disrupted by inflammation, infection, or excessive motion. Such stressors can cause an overproduction of collagen, which thickens the scar.
Keloid scars grow upward and outward from the site of the wound, creating a protrusion that affects skin outside the margins of the original injury. Keloids are thick, elevated, and can be red, purple, or brown in color.
This abnormal scar tissue formation occurs when the body’s wound-healing process continues for longer than it should. Keloids may not stop growing for several months. Dr. Emer and Dr. Sanan are among a limited number of providers who are qualified to perform keloid treatments.
How Much Does Scar Revision Cost?
The location, size, and severity of the scar being treated will affect the cost of your scar revision treatment. The price of your scar revision procedure will be determined and reviewed with you during your consultation.