Scar revision 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 are unhappy and embarrassed by the appearance of these scars, especially when they are located in prominent areas, and seek treatment to improve them. Dr. Dang provides comprehensive scar revision services to help patients achieve smooth, clear skin that they no longer have to be ashamed of.
Types of Scars
There are three main 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. They are:
- Hypertrophic: these are red, raised scars filled with excessive amounts of collagen that may be itchy or slightly painful, although they are considered harmless and do not grow beyond the boundaries of the initial wound.
- Keloids: these are overgrown areas of scar tissue that appear as irregularly-shaped, raised, pink or red areas, that may continue to grow over time. While they can occur anywhere on the body, they are most common on the face, neck, ears, chest or shoulders.
- Contractures: these are more severe scars that restrict movement as a result of the tissue in the area pulling together during the healing process. This type of scar most commonly occurs after large amounts of tissue loss or in wounds that occur on a joint.