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Scar revision on Long Island and NYC is performed to reduce the appearance of scars caused by injury or previous surgery. While many scars fade over time and eventually transform to become barely noticeable, many patients experience disruptions to the healing process that cause scars to become red, raised, indented or otherwise deformed.
Many patients may be unhappy and embarrassed by the appearance of these scars, especially when they are located in prominent areas, and seek treatment to improve them.
Types of Scars
There are several different types of scars that may be sustained, depending on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the patient’s age, overall health and individual healing properties.
- Hypertrophic scars
Scar Revision Treatment Options
Scars are by definition permanent, but certain treatments can narrow, fade and otherwise reduce the appearance of severe or unattractive scarring, which is especially helpful in areas of cosmetic importance such as the face and hands. There are many surgical methods of scar revision, only some of which may be appropriate for a particular type of scar or its location. These include surgical excision, skin grafts, and flap surgery. The best procedure for each patient will vary depending on the location and severity of the scar, as well as the age, overall health and extent of revision desired by the patient.
Subcision is a procedure for treating scars that are depressed. A needle is directed into the skin to break up the fibers that attach the scar to tissue below the surface, raising it back to the elevation of surrounding skin. It also promotes healing in the area, creating new connective tissue that repairs and smoothes the skin.
Surgical excision is most often used for severe contracture scars, and involves making an incision to surgically remove the scar and surrounding damaged tissue with a scalpel. A skin flap or graft may be used to restore the appearance of the skin in the treated area and also improve movement and flexibility that may have been affected by the contracture.