Scar revision requires an observant eye and a creative multi-dimensional approach to be successful. Component analysis of the scar is the first step. A scar may be linear, raised, thick, depressed, uneven, vascular, hyperpigmented (brown discoloration) or hypopigmented (devoid of color). By treating each of the components of the scar, the overall improvement is greatest.
Cortisone injections, medicated creams, W-plasty, resurfacing lasers, vascular lasers, pigment removal lasers and micropigment implantation, are techniques which are used in isolation or in combination to improve the appearance of a scar. Multiple treatment sessions are usually required to achieve the best results.
In most cases the ideal time to begin scar revision is six – 12 weeks after the wound has occurred. This allows the laser surgeon to direct the body’s natural healing process to an improved cosmetic result. In certain cases, re-excision of an old scar is performed prior to laser treatments in order to re-establish the six to 12 week window of opportunity for laser scar revision.
Dear. Dr. Groot, There is no gift nor are there words to express my gratitude for removing my scar. Thank you so very much. – L.S.
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