Scar revision is surgery to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function, and corrects skin changes (disfigurement) caused by an injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery.
The most popular aesthetic/cosmetic procedures include:
Tumescent liposuction – liposuction was invented by a gynecologist. A dermatologist (Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein) adapted the procedure to local infusion of dilute anesthetic called tumescent liposuction. This method is now widely practiced by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and gynecologists.
Radiation therapy – although rarely practiced by dermatologists, many dermatologist continue to provide radiation therapy in their office.
Vitiligo surgery – Including procedures like autologous melanocyte transplant, suction blister grafting and punch grafting.
Scarring is the body’s natural way to heal an open wound or cut. The growth of new tissue and collagen closes and seals the wound while cleaning out dead skin and blood cells in the form of a scab. Any minor infection or debris is dealt with by the body’s immune system. An oozing of blood, pink or clear liquid is normal in the early stages of healing as the body provides a stream of protein, amino acids, white blood cells and water to rebuild the area, fight infection and keep it clean. As this oozing dries it causes a scab acting as a protective barrier which falls off when the wound is fully healed. Sometimes the scab falls off early and a newer one is produced.
Facial scar treatments are provided by Dr. Phyllis Smith for patients in our Huntington, NY office, to erase or minimize these scars with today's technology. Facial scars are usually caused by pervasive cystic acne, trauma, burns, surgery or a result of aggressive chicken pox.
A myriad of facial treatments have emerged in the 21st century claiming to treat everything from acne to sagging skin. Some are beneficial; others are simply a waste of time and money. The best facial treatments will vary depending on the individual need, but most employ cutting-edge technology help improve the look of facial skin.