It’s all about your scars. Scars are part of the natural healing process. Most times, the skin heals in such a manner that they are inconspicuous, but there are times when the scar can become noticeable or bothersome. Scars that are typically a concern to a patient are discolored, wide, raised, or sunken. This can be especially concerning if the scar is on the face.
Dr. Kulbersh, a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon, utilizes advanced techniques to improve the appearance of scars that healed poorly for a variety of reasons. It is important to see an experienced doctor like Dr. Kulbersh to ensure that your scars are improved, as he can help to make your scar as unnoticeable as possible.
What is a Scar?
A scar is a result of a series of wound healing steps that the body undertakes to repair damage to the skin. Most scars heal wonderfully and they become an afterthought, but there are times when there is poor healing of the skin and this may result in an unsightly scar. Scars that heal poorly may become:
- Discolored – Many times the scar will become lighter or redder than the surrounding skin
- Raised or recessed like a dimple
- Abnormally textured
- Poorly placed or orientated in a visible area of the face
There are many options for a revision of a facial scar. The final decision of the treatment will depend on your appearance, location, age, and your history of healing.
What are the Different Types of Scar Revision Treatments?
During a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh, he will examine the size, shape, location and characteristics of your scar and will ask you about your main concerns. He will formulate a treatment plan to get you the best results. Dr. Kulbersh utilizes a variety of treatments to reduce the appearance of your scar, including:
Topical Treatments can help improve the appearance of pigmented scars. Skin bleaching creams, such as hydroquinone, can be applied topically to lighten the scar. These topical creams can be used as a first attempt to improve the appearance of a scar with increased pigmentation.
- Chemical Peels can treat superficial scars and acne scars. The chemical peel solution will remove the top layers of the skin in order to smooth depressed scars and give skin a more even color. There are different depth peels that Dr. Kulbersh can administer, depending on your scar. Light peels require almost no downtime, while deeper peels can require up to two weeks to heal.
- Laser Treatments are an effective way to treat scars with little downtime. High-energy light is used to smooth unwanted scars. Laser treatments help reduce the redness and blend the scar into the surrounding skin. Additionally, laser treatments can make the border of the scar less distinct, which makes the scar less visible. The number of laser treatments you need to minimize the appearance of your scar depends on your skin type, the size and shape of the scar, and the location of the scar. Dr. Kulbersh will determine the best laser scar removal treatment for you during your consultation.
- Fillers can be injected into depressed scars to even out the texture of the skin. The injections are effective for shallow, broad-based scars, but the use of fillers is limited in treating deep narrow scars. Dr. Kulbersh can use fillers to elevate scars that are depressed or at a lower level than the rest of your skin. Improvement from filler injections is immediate, but may only be a temporary improvement.
- Dermabrasion is a scar removal procedure that is used to treat acne scars, pockmarks and surgical scars. Dr. Kulbersh will remove the top layers of your skin until he reaches a level that will reduce the appearance of the scar. By removing the top layer of the skin with dermabrasion, a new layer is able to grow and replace the previously damaged skin.
- Surgical Scar Revision can improve the appearance of scars by changing the size, depth or color. A surgical scar revision treatment removes the scar and rejoins the normal skin to make a less obvious scar. The surgical removal of scars is a great treatment for scars that are long or wide, are in prominent places or that have healed in an unfavorable pattern or shape. Dr. Kulbersh will use advanced surgical techniques to make your unwanted scars smaller and well hidden.
Regardless of the type of procedure, Dr. Kulbersh will do everything he can to make the scar as invisible as possible. However, no scar can ever be completely erased, and no technique will return the skin to its normal, uninjured appearance.
Scar Removal Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of scar revision?
A: The main benefit of scar revision is that it brings your skin back as close to its normal appearance as possible. You will no longer have to cover up scars that make you self-conscious.
Q: What type of scars can be treated?
A: The ability of various scars to respond to treatment depends on their size, location, age, and type. Scars that are less than a year old are continuing to heal. At this time, Dr. Kulbersh may choose to inject the scar with a medication to help modulate the body’s healing reaction. If it does not appear that the scar is going to improve on its own, then other treatments may be started. Most unsightly scars can be improved with scar revision treatments.
Q: What is scar revision recovery like?
A: Recovery from scar revision will depend on the treatment given. For example, there will be minimal recovery after a light chemical peel treatment for your scars, but surgical scar revision will require 1-2 weeks of recovery. Dr. Kulbersh will explain what to expect from recovery in great detail with you during your consultation.
Q: When will I see the results of my scar revision treatment?
A: It may take several months for you to see the final results of your scar revision treatment. It will take time for your new scar to fully heal and fade. Scars will continue to improve over one year.
Schedule a consultation with Charlotte facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kulbersh today, so he can help you reduce the appearance of your unwanted scars.
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