Living with a constant reminder of past surgery, accident, or trauma to your skin in the form of a scar can take its toll on your self-esteem and self-image. At Elite Plastic Surgery, we know that improving the appearance of a scar can change a person’s life, especially if the scar is visible for everyone to see.

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Torabi, can drastically improve the appearance of your scars and stretch marks with scar revision surgery. Scar revision surgery can:

  • Reduce the size and/or length of the scar to make it less noticeable
  • Change the texture of the skin at the site of the scar
  • Rejuvenate the skin and contour it to cover irregularities and tissue distortions
  • Hide scars behind natural creases or folds, or turn them into a fine line

During a private consultation at our offices in Phoenix or Chandler, AZ, we can examine your scar and make suggestions on the different ways we might tackle the problem. With many years of experience in scar care, Dr. Torabi will be able to help you find a pathway to better skin without visible scars. Individual results may vary, so call our office today and see if scar revision is the right choice for you.

Types of Scars

Since there are various scar revision procedures that address different types of scars, it is beneficial to recognize the correct type of scar a patient has in order to treat it effectively.

Atrophic scars

Atrophic scars take on a sunken look and are usually caused by surgery, acne, trauma, or chicken pox.

Keloid scars

Keloid scars occur due to cell overproduction following a skin injury. They are raised and thick, have a red-purple color, and extend beyond the original wound. They can be itchy or painful.

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are raised and red in color but don’t expand beyond the wound area. They can, however, restrict movement.

Scar contractures

Scar contractures are usually the result of burns and lead to the skin shrinking, which can cause a feeling of tightness and restrict movement.

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Do I Qualify?

We recommend consulting with a skilled plastic surgeon when your scars are apparent even after the wound heals and you have exhausted all noninvasive measures (such as massage or gel therapy). Your plastic surgeon may suggest scar revision surgery after considering a number of factors, such as:

  • The health of the patient (you need to be in overall good health)
  • The maturity of your scars
  • The alignment, distortion, and pigmentation of your scars
  • Scar or stretch mark location and orientation
  • The healing ability of a patient (patients should have a hassle-free recovery from the previous surgery)

Types of Treatment

Depending on the type of scar that a patient has, along with its size, location, and appearance, a plastic surgeon can employ several different procedures. For surface scars, we may prescribe the use of topical ointments, tapes, or external compression to improve discoloration. With shave excision, a surgical shaver is used to remove the top part of the scar and leave a more even surface.

Sunken or depressed scars can be injected with various substances to improve their texture and overall appearance. Dermabrasion, light therapy, and chemical peels can also be deployed to improve the appearance of scars. There are various other procedures that can be performed to help minimize the appearance of scars. For scars that require a more invasive approach, plastic surgery may be required.

Schedule a Skin Exam Today

Unsightly or painful scars no longer have to be a bother. If you are burdened by an existing scar of such nature, you’re invited to call Elite Plastic Surgery and schedule a skin exam. We will evaluate the scar and recommend a treatment approach so that you can show your skin without anxiety or worry. We look forward to meeting with you soon.

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