Procedures / Surgical / Scars
Don't let a scar hold you back
It is estimated that scars affect almost a fifth of the population. Some have everyday scars like those on the knee from learning how to ride a bike or skate, some have experienced severe acne that has left scars, while others have even more problematic cases caused by car accidents, fires, wounds, viruses, and surgeries. While the most common symptom is low self-esteem, if you suffer from a scar you may also have limited mobility, itching, or pain.
Dr. Walker will meet with you to determine the type of scarring you have (keloid, hypertrophic, depressed, elevated, etc.) and the best course of action to remedy it. It is imporant to note that nothing can totally eliminate scars however, they can often be improved in appearance.
If you're considering a scar reduction surgery, this outline will give you a basic understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Dr. Walker is more than happy to clarify any misunderstandings, please contact her office with any questions or concerns you may have.
What happens during scar reduction surgery?
The various techniques used to reduce scars include injecting raised (hypertrophic and keloid) scars with steroids and 5-Fluorouracil or injectable fillers for depressed or indented scars.
The best candidates for scar reduction
Scar reduction is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy
- You do not smoke
- You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
Scar Treatment Options for Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars
Hypertrophic, keloid, painful, and itching scars will usually respond to a combination of injections with steroids and 5-FU. These treatments may be combined with surgical excisions or lasers that interact with capillaries (pulse dye or YAG lasers.)
Injectable Filler for Treatment of Depressed Scars
In some rare cases scar tissue is excised and the incision closed with a delicate surgical technique, leaving a much-improved, less noticeable scar.