Scar revision requires an observant eye and a creative multi-dimensional approach to be successful. Component analysis of the scar is the first step as scars may be linear, raised, thick, depressed, uneven, vascular, hyperpigmented (brown discoloration) or hypopigmented (devoid of color). By treating each of the components, the overall improvement is greatest.
Cortisone injections, medicated creams, W-plasty, carbon dioxide resurfacing lasers, vascular lasers, pigment removal lasers, and micropigment implantation are techniques that are used in isolation or in combination to improve the appearance of scars. Other techniques include percutaneous collagen induction and subcision. Multiple treatment sessions are usually required to achieve the best results.
In most cases the ideal time to begin treatment is 6 – 12 weeks after the wound has occurred. This allows the laser surgeon to direct the body’s natural healing process to an improved cosmetic result. In certain cases, re-excision of an old scar is performed prior to laser treatments in order to re-establish the 6 to 12 week window of opportunity for laser treatment.
Dear Groot DermaSurgery staff, There is no gift nor are there words to express my gratitude for removing my scar. Thank you so very much. – L.S.
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