Atlanta Scar Revision
We specialize in surgical and minimally invasive scar revision & removal treatments
Injury, poor surgical technique, or improper wound care can all contribute to unsightly scars on your skin. The good news is that whether your scar is raised or recessed, different in color from surrounding skin, or otherwise distracting, you can often see improvement with a scar revision procedure. Depending on the qualities and age of your scar, treatments ranging from topical treatments to surgical excision (with more refined wound closure and aftercare) may be recommended.
By removing damaged tissue, scar revision procedures can soften irregularities and leave the skin with a smoother, more desirable appearance. The degree of improvement you can expect will depend on the severity of your scarring, and the type, size, and location of the scar. Although scar revision techniques can improve many scars’ appearance, it is important to remember that most scars cannot be completely erased. When you come in for a consultation, we will go into detail as to the degree of improvement you can hope to see with your particular scars.
Scar Revision Options
For some scars, a single technique may provide significant improvement, but we often recommend a combination of techniques for best results. We’ll always favor the least invasive option possible, given your scar and the level of improvement you hope to see.
Topical treatments, such as gels or tapes, can help in wound closure and healing, or to reduce the ability of skin to produce irregular pigment. These products may be used to treat newer surface scars and discoloration, as well as to aid in healing of surgical scar revision.
Injectable fillers may be used to fill depressed or concave scars. While the effects are temporary (lasting 3 month to a few years), and must be repeated to maintain results, it can be a great method for the right scar.
Surface treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing with profractional work by removing layers of skin to soften surface irregularities and reduce uneven pigmentation.
Surgical Scar Revision
For deeper or more problematic scars, surgical scar revision may be needed. In this case, your doctor will surgically remove the old scar and use great care in closing the wound to create a better scar. The technique’s success also depends upon your following strict post operative rules for scar care to ensure the scar heals more attractively.
Recovery from Scar Revision
Recovery time will vary greatly between the different techniques; if a non-surgical method is recommended you can expect little to no downtime. For a surgical revision, recovery time will depend on the size and location of the scar. If it is in an area that is easily affected by normal movements, we’ll counsel you on how long you’ll have to avoid activity.