Scar Revision / Keloid Removal
Scar revision is a minor surgical procedure performed to reduce the appearance of scars caused by injury or previous surgery. Scars are by definition permanent, but surgery can narrow, fade and otherwise reduce the appearance of severe or unattractive scarring. There are many methods of scar revision, only some of which may be appropriate for a particular type of scar or its location. These include surgical excision, skin grafts, flap surgery and Z-plasty (repositioning a scar so that it aligns with natural facial lines and is less noticeable). The effectiveness of scar reduction depends on a number of factors, including the nature of the injury, your body's healing mechanism, the size and depth of the wound, how much blood supplies the area and the thickness and color of your skin.
Silicone gel or tape may be recommended to help improve the appearance of the scar. These can be applied for weeks or months to refine and fade the scarring. Other modalities, such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or corticosteroid (Kenalog) injections can be done in the office and may be more appropriate treatment for your scarring. A keloid, a hypertrophic thickening of a scar, often results in skin with darker pigment. Keloids can be surgically excised in the office or may also be treated with corticosteroid injections. Tattooing is sometimes used to help camouflage a scar, especially when hypopigmentation is involved.
If you are bothered by the appearance of or discomfort caused by a scar, call Dr. Taylor today to discuss your options for scar revision.