Facial scars can be disfiguring and profound, affecting your confidence level and the way you present yourself to the world. These permanent marks can have a very real impact on not only your countenance, but also your psychological and emotional health. When facial scarring is severe, it can also limit or inhibit the normal functioning of affected facial structures.
Surgical scar revision can make your facial scars less noticeable. In some cases, facial scarring may be almost completely eliminated and normal facial function may be restored.
Are You a Candidate for Facial Scar Revision?
While surgical intervention can reverse or diminish the effects of facial scarring, there are some considerations which you and your plastic surgeon will need to take into account. The placement and nature of the scar, the health of your surrounding skin and your age are all factors which will be considered. Also the age of the scar itself will need to be taken into account.
In many cases, patients are advised to wait at least one year after a facial injury to allow full healing and maturation of scar tissue before seeking surgical intervention. Seeking an experienced plastic surgeon for consultation within nine to twelve months, however, can have a very real impact on the success of scar revision surgery.
Scar Revision Treatment
There are several different types of surgical treatment for facial scarring, including dermabrasion, laser therapy and direct excision, just to name a few. The success of your facial scar revision surgery is contingent upon the selection of a qualified and capable plastic surgeon. If you’ve experienced a facial injury which is likely to scar or have existing facial scar tissue, consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to discuss methods of treatment.
Posted on behalf of Benjamin Stong, MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC