Scars, whether they are caused by accidents or by surgery, are unpredictable. The way a scar develops depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury or on the surgeon's skills.
Many variables can affect the severity of scarring, such as the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, the thickness and color of your skin, and the direction of the scar. How much the appearance of a scar bothers you is a personal matter.
While no scar can be removed completely, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can often improve the appearance of a scar. The Plastic Surgeon can make it less obvious through the injection, or application of certain steroid medications, or through a surgical procedure known as a scar revision.
If you are considering scar revision, this editorial gives you a basic understanding of the most common types of scars, the procedures used to treat them, and the results you can expect. It cannot answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon if there is anything about the procedure you do not understand.
During your consult with Dr. Speron, the patient will discuss their desired goals on an individual level. Then they will further discuss the course of treatment and potential complications at the appointment time. Please check out the wealth of information on our site by clicking here.
Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASAPS or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at www.plasticsurgery.org. The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!
By far, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon you choose. So please choose wisely...