Scar Revision

Scar Revision

When the skin is injured or infected, our bodies immediately go to work, clotting blood and creating new cells and tissue that cover the wound and allow it to heal. Many times–particularly if the injury is minor–the skin regrowth is barely noticeable. In the case of more serious trauma, however, a physical reminder may remain in the form of a scar. A scar typically differs from the surrounding skin in color and/or texture.

Scars can be unsightly. They can also be painful or itchy, impeding function and impacting quality of life. If this is the case, scar revision–a form of plastic surgery designed to minimize the appearance of scars–can provide relief. At Sierra Nevada Ear, Nose & Throat, our surgeons specialize in scar revision on the face and neck area. If you are searching for facial scar removal options, learn more and call today to schedule a consultation.

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Different Types of Scars

Sierra Nevada ENT treats many types of scars, including some of the most common ones outlined below.

Hypertrophic scars–these scars are the result of excess collagen produced during the healing process. They do not extend beyond the borders of the wound, and they tend to be slightly raised and discolored, typically presenting as either a dark red (hyperpigmentation) or light red (hypopigmentation). The scar tissue may grow for several months after injury before starting to fade over time.

Keloid scars–like hypertrophic scars, keloids are the result of excess collagen produced during the healing process. Unlike hypertrophic scars, they may extend beyond the borders of the original wound. They are typically thick and raised, with a rubbery texture and color ranging from pink to deep purple or brown. Keloids are particularly common on the face, neck and ears, where there is not a lot of fatty tissue. They can continue to grow for years after the initial injury.

Atrophic scars–these scars can occur when there is a loss of fatty tissue that the body cannot properly regenerate, leading to a sunken or “pitted” appearance. Severe acne or chickenpox are common underlying causes of atrophic scars.

Scar contractures–these scars occur when the patient’s skin and tissue tightens during the healing process, leading to a puckered appearance that can impede motion. Contractures tend to appear when the injury occurs over a large area or where the injury meets a joint. Burn scars are a common type of contracture.

Revision vs. Removal

Many of our patients come to Sierra Nevada ENT asking about facial scar removal. The truth is, no scar can be completely erased from the body. However, it is possible to vastly reduce the appearance of a scar through scar revision. Scar revision procedures can also alleviate the discomfort that accompanies a wound that did not heal properly.

Scar revision differs based on the type and location of a scar. Sometimes, it is possible to flatten a scar or minimize discoloration with laser surgery. In more severe cases, it may be necessary to make an incision and actually remove scar tissue, followed by either stitches or a skin graft to bring together the healthy skin.

Whether you seek scar revision options for functional or aesthetic purposes, Sierra Nevada ENT can help. Our surgeons have years of experience with facial and neck scars. During a patient’s initial consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam. Based on this information, we will determine if scar revision is right for you and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

How to Get Rid of My Facial Scar

Just as wounds can vary in appearance and severity, there is a wide range of scarring. The manner in which an individual’s skin scars depends upon the nature and location of the injury and the patient’s skin type and age. In fact, even factors like lifestyle and genetics can play a role in scar development.

While there are several therapeutic options, surgery is a highly effective way to get rid of undesirable scars. Facial cosmetic surgeons such as the physicians at Sierra Nevada ENT specialize in these procedures. Not only can scar revision help minimize the appearance of unsightly scars, it can also address underlying discomfort, including the itching or burning sensation that often accompanies scar tissue growth.

In some cases, treatment options like steroids or superficial radiation may be used in conjunction with facial cosmetic surgery to prevent the recurrence of scars.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery

An ear, nose and throat specialist is specially trained in the anatomy and function of the head and neck, making him or her the ideal resource for your head and neck care. This includes cosmetic, functional and reconstructive surgical treatment of scars or other abnormalities of the face, neck and ear area.

With offices in Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Gardnerville, Sierra Nevada ENT offers scar revision throughout the Northern Nevada area. To meet with our highly skilled team to discuss facial scar revision options, please give us a call or schedule an appointment at one of our four locations.

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