If you have scarring caused by prior trauma, injury, surgery, chickenpox, burns or acne, there are many options available to help improve the appearance of your skin. Many people with scarring are often self-conscious about their visible scars, especially facial scars. Some scars also have an effect on the function of the eye, nose or mouth. Scar revision surgery helps minimize the visibility of unsightly scars and reduce tightness caused by scar tissue giving patients more confidence and comfort in their own skin.
What Does a Scar Revision Surgery Involve?
Many people undergo such ablative procedures such laser therapy, dermabrasion and micro-needling to remove the top layers of their skin, which grow back smoother with less visible scarring or remodel the scar. In more recent years the use of autologous platelet rich plasma and fat grafting have helped improve difficult scars even further. Depending on the severity of your scarring, however, you may require scar revision surgery. Scar revision surgery can help decrease the size of a scar, raise depressed scars or lower raised scars.
To reduce the appearance of pitted scars such as ice pick acne scars, Dr. Motakis may use “punch techniques,” which are minimally-invasive surgical procedures that correct deep scarring. Often, punch techniques are used in conjunction with laser resurfacing techniques to even out skin tone and improve its appearance. For certain scars, Dr. Motakis performs a surgical procedure called subcision where the scar is detached from deeper connective tissue.
Other treatments that help aid scar revision are laser resurfacing and the injection of steroid medication. Fat grafting or fat transfer is another surgical option in which body fat taken from another area of your body such as your thigh is injected into the depression around the scar to “plump up” the area, creating a smoother appearance. Depending on the course of treatment recommended by Dr. Motakis, the surgery may be performed while you are awake but completely numb, or asleep under general anesthesia.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?
After completing a consultation, Dr. Motakis will recommend a course of treatment dependent on such factors as the depth, size and shape of your scarring, as well as the cause, type, location and age of the scar. Your age, scar type, scar location and skin colour will impact the degree of improvement you can expect from your procedure. Dr. Motakis will examine you and discuss what results you can reasonably expect so that you can confidently make the decision to move forward with your scar revision surgery.
The Dr. Motakis Difference
Dr. Motakis understands that selecting a physician and deciding whether scar revision surgery is right for you require thoughtful consideration. In a consultation, Dr. Motakis will provide you with the information about the surgery, associated risks and recovery that you need in order to make an informed decision. Having expertly completed countless cosmetic facial surgeries, the doctor and his team are committed to providing exceptional care and results that are second-to-none. Dr. Motakis has established a reputation as a trusted and highly recommended cosmetic plastic surgeon in Toronto. Your peace of mind, comfort and natural results are of utmost importance.
For information about the cost of a scar revision surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Motakis, contact us.