In patients sequelae trauma or burns have scars altering facial or body harmony, different can be made to achieve attenuation procedures or camouflaging scars. This process is known as scar revision.
Scar revision is surgery to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function, and corrects skin changes caused by a wound, injury or previous surgery.
Scar revision can be performed on people of all ages and is a good choice for those who are ill at ease because of a scar on any part of your body. It is necessary to be physically healthy, not smoking, not having active acne or other skin diseases in the area to try and have realistic goals regarding its revision surgery scars.
The scar revision surgery removes the extra scar tissue but does not completely eliminate the scar. The degree to which the scar improves will depend on the direction and size, age of the person, the type and color of skin, like hereditary factors that may affect the healing process.
Surgical correction of a scar, like any other wound, it requires going through all phases of scar maturation. This process cannot be accelerated. Moreover, the scar tissue acts on a correction that has been previously attacked. Therefore, it is considered that the end result of a surgical scar revision cannot be assessed before a minimum of twelve months has elapsed from the date of the intervention.
The success of scar revision depends heavily on the doctor-patient formed from the first consultation relationship. Doctor and patient should discuss the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome. The patient should inform your doctor about all medical conditions you have, allergies, medications you are taking, harmful habits (alcohol, snuff, and drugs), etc. The doctor will evaluate the patient's health status, risk factors, thoroughly examine the scar and then decide the treatment or combination of these to use.
Plastic surgery has a large technical arsenal to address a scar. The choice of technique to be used depends on the type of scar that is, the area of the body where this localized, the severity of the injury, and other factors.
Scar revision is a slow and painstaking process, requiring a careful realization to have the maximum assurance that the visibility of the scar will be as small as possible. This requires a prolonged surgical time.
Depending on the extent of surgery, scar revision can be done while you are awake (local anesthesia), sleeping (sedated) or deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia). When the scars are below the waist, you can also use as an alternative to epidural anesthesia (from the waist down).
It may involve a series of small cuts (cuts) on both sides of scar site, which create skin flaps V-shaped, Z or W. The result is a less noticeable thin scar, because the way the wound closes follows the natural skin folds.
Another way to treat scars is skin grafts, which involves taking a thin layer of skin from another part of the body and placing it over the injured area. This technique is used when you have lost a considerable amount of skin on the original injury, when a thin scar has not healed or when the main concern is to improve the function rather than improve the appearance.
For the review of a keloid, a pressure bandage or elastic over the area after the operation is placed to prevent the recurrence of keloid. For other types of scar revision, a soft dressing is applied. You must be careful to keep dry dressings will be placed. Do not remove or change the dressings unless instructed or accidentally wet the area. It is usually preferable to leave the area operated air to leave a wet dressing.
Time to return to normal activities and work depends on the type, extent and location of the surgery. Most people can resume normal activities soon after surgery. Doctors usually recommend avoiding activities that stretch and may widen the new scar and use sunscreen.
During the first weeks and months after surgery should you monitor your scar to appreciate a tendency to keloid or hypertrophic scarring. It is purple or red scars, indurated, often retractable, which tend to bulge and widen. If this occurs, you should see a query to indicate the appropriate treatment to try to stop the process of hypertrophy and flatten the scar again.
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