In some cases, the appearance of a scar can be improved with the help of a plastic surgeon, though no scar can be completely removed. Depending on the type of scar, steroid medication injections or a surgical scar revision may be recommended to lessen the appearance of a scar.
How do I fix my scars?
It is recommended that scar revision patients wait at least six months to one year after the injury (or surgery) that caused the scar to ensure that the body heals itself as much as possible. Prior to the procedure, it is important to discuss options and expectations with a plastic surgeon. At that time, techniques and probable outcomes will be explored. Z-plasty is one surgical technique used to reposition a scar so that it more closely conforms to the natural lines and creases of the skin. Skin grafting and flap surgery are more serious scar surgery techniques that require several weeks or months to heal.
Drs. Thomas and Jeffries perform these procedures at the hospital or surgical center. Healing times will vary depending on the scar revision technique employed. Best case scenario, the patient will be up and about very quickly and the doctors will advise a schedule for resuming normal activity.
This information is for educational purposes only and not intended to render medical advice.
For more information please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.