While no scar can be removed completely, plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.

Scars resulting from injuries or accidents can leave unsightly marks on the body. In some cases, scars can cause severe emotional and mental pain, to the extent that some patients with severe scarring may void social contact with others and may in fact isolate themselves in their homes.

For any patient wishing to get rid of scars, scar revision is a group of procedures that can alter the appearance of a scar and make it less visible. Scar revision can restore function to a part of the body that is restricted by a scar, or it can improve the appearance of a scar, making it almost invisible.

Scar revision works on a number of scar types, including:

  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Contracture scars

Depending on the type of scar, your doctor may treat you using one of these techniques:

  • Scar excision – If there is sufficient adjacent skin, the scar is excised or removed and the skin is closed.
  • Z or W-plasty – The original scar is repositioned to be better camouflaged by existing features, lines or creases.
  • Skin grafting – The scar is surgically removed and skin from another part of the body is used to cover the area if the scar area is large (ie, burns).
  • Skin flap – Similar to a skin graft, skin and the tissue below the skin are moved from another part of the body to cover the site.

All surgeries have risks, and that includes scar revision surgeries. In rare cases, patients who have had the sort of surgery have found that they are prone bruising, infection, and other problems. The best way to reduce risks is to follow your plastic surgeon’s advice and procedures exactly. It is important to remember, too, that scar revision surgery can take a while for the full effect to be seen. Some patients wait a year before the full effects of the surgery are apparent.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of an accident and have sustained unsightly scars, call the TRIPP LAW FIRM for a FREE telephone consultation. Our on call staff and Florida Injury Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr., are available 24 hours a day.

CALL toll-free (888) 392-LAWS (5297) for an IMMEDIATE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION.

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