When the skin is injured from a cut or tear the body heals by forming scar tissue. The appearance of the scar can range from nearly invisible to very obvious and disfiguring. Unattractive scars can be wide, sunken, red, raised, pale or even cause distortion of other parts of the face like the eyes or lips.
The various surgical techniques for scar revision are designed to make the scar as smooth and invisible as possible. This can involve recreating the incision, moving skin around or even moving the scar to make it less visible. What would work best for your specific scar will depend on where it is located and how it looks, Dr. Juan Pablo Cervantes will evaluate you and discuss the options for revision surgery.
Some scars, especially when raised, may be improved with dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. These are methods Dr. Cervantes uses to make “rough or elevated” scars less prominent, by removing part of the upper layers of skin with an abrading tool or laser light. Clearly, the scar will remain, but will be smoother and less visible.
Keloid or hypertropic scars are often treated first with injection of medications to reduce size. If this is not satisfactory, the scars can be removed surgically, and the incisions closed with fine stitches, often resulting in less prominent scars.
You can expect to feel some discomfort after facial scar revision surgery. Some swelling, bruising and redness are generally unavoidable. It is important for you to follow Dr. Cervantes’ after care recommendations to the letter. Though the sutures will be removed within days after the surgery, your skin needs time to heal. Dr. Cervantes generally insist on decreased activity after surgery and instruct the patient to keep the head elevated when lying down, to use cold compresses to reduce swelling, and to avoid any activity that places undue stress on the area of the incision. Depending on the surgery performed and the site of the scar, Dr. Cervantes will explain the types of activities to avoid. No medication should be taken without first consulting Dr. Cervantes. it is important to remember that scar tissues require a year or more to fully heal and achieve maximum improved appearance.
If you would like to learn more about scar treatment procedures, or schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Juan Pablo Cervantes, please contact Plástica Tijuana Surgery at his office in Hospital Angeles Tijuana. We also welcome patients from the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baja California areas.