Dog bites, bike falls, burns from a hot grill...facial scars can result from many causes. Cuts or a scrapes from traumatic incidents can cause a scar. A burn, either from scalding hot water or contact with hot metal, can also permanently deform the skin. But having a scar does not have to permanently mar your face or other part of your body. Scars can be removed or revised by a competent plastic surgeon.
Assessing The Damage
Before any facial scar can be corrected, the plastic surgeon will analyze the problem. Exact measurements of the scar will be taken, the depth of the injury assessed, and the parts of the skin damaged listed. The surgeon will be particularly careful in assessing exactly which structures are damaged and which are intact in order to plan the best correction. Photos will also be taken as part of the estimation.
After the preliminary assessment, a plan will be made to correct the deformity, taking into account the person’s needs. Any legal or financial concerns would be addressed at this point. Health insurance companies will generally compensate for facial scars that occurred as a result of an accident. In some cases, legal awards from a lawsuit may be used to pay for a scar revision.
The actual scar revision may involve excision, which is cutting out the scar. The healthy skin around the scar may be rearranged using a flap of tissue or a wedge of skin. A skin graft may be necessary to resurface the skin, this is sometimes this is done with dermabrasion to improve the texture of the skin. Additionally, lasers can be used to remove pigment or to improve the surface of the skin. Surgical scar removal is a very effective technique to improve a facial scar. While scar revision may not make the scar disappear completely, it may cause the scar to be much less visible.
Advanced Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Fairfield County, CT offers the newest and most sophisticated plastic surgery procedures for men and women, including surgical scar removal. All procedures are done by our board certified plastic surgeons. ASC offices are located in the towns of Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, and Ridgefield.
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