As an injury heals and turns into a scar, it will look red, raised, and hard. Over time the area will fade, flatten, and soften. The healing process can take several months, or even a year.
Types of Scars
The type of scar that will develop depends on the kind of injury that occurred, how deep it was, and your skin type.
Keloid scars extend past the original injury and are a result of an overly aggressive healing process. They are most common in people that have a dark complexion.
Similar in appearance to keloids, hypertrophic scars don’t go outside of the line of the original injury.
Contracture scars are deep and can affect muscles and nerves. They are formed after your skin has been healed from being burned.
Severe acne can cause scars that look like deep pits, or that are angular or look wavy.
Scar Revision Treatment Options
There are treatment options available that can eliminate a scar, or significantly reduce its appearance.
Minimal scars can be bleached with medication. Dermabrasion and laser therapy can resurface the skin. Dermal fillers are used to raise sunken scars. W-Plasty and Z-Plasty involves cutting flaps along the scar, allowing it to be repositioned into natural creases and making it unnoticeable. Excision of the scar will completely remove it, then healthy skin graft can be placed over the area to improve its appearance.
Before treating your scars, our Atlanta facial plastic surgeon will need to determine the type of scar, then evaluate the size, location, and its texture.
If you have scars that you want to get removed, it’s time to call Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery!
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