Modern scar revision techniques are extremely effective in the ability to minimize the appearance of scars. This is especially important for patients who have unsightly facial scars left from surgery or trauma. Some people are more prone to developing visible, thickened, or darkened scars. Every person has a unique physiology and will scar differently.
Scars appear in a range of sizes and shapes. While it is common for a scar to be lighter in color than the surrounding skin, some will appear darker. Some will be pitted or sunken, while others become raised. Some scars look like stretched, shiny skin, such as those produced in burns. No matter what type of scar you are living with, you want to have access to the most effective treatment methods. Dr. Tanna has made surgical reconstruction and scar revision part of his life’s work, and is dedicated to helping people living with disfiguring scars achieve a more attractive, natural appearance.
Dr. Tanna works closely with each patient to develop a customized scar revision treatment that will match their needs. He has many options for treating and improving scars. These include both surgical and non-surgical methods. Dr. Tanna can improve the appearance of scars occurring on any area of the face or body.
Scars left from surgery or trauma typically fade, but some are so extensive that the passage of time will not bring about much improvement. Facial scars with deep depressions can make your face appear disfigured. The range of scar revision treatments offered by Dr. Tanna makes it possible to resolve even the most significant level of scarring. Facial scarring can heavily impact how you feel about your appearance, and undergoing treatment to improve the appearance of your face can bring a significant improvement in your quality of life.
Dr. Tanna uses a range of procedures to help people who are living with unattractive scars, whether on the face or other area of the body. The treatments used can address the following issues:
The goal of a scar revision treatment is to minimize the appearance of the scar. Various methods are available to assist with this process:
Many of the most advanced scar treatment surgeries require a high level of skill in microvascular surgery – the ability to harvest and move tissue from another area of the body and reconnect it with blood vessels so it will flourish in the new location. Dr. Tanna has advanced training in this critical procedure that will be necessary for scar revision for some patients who may have lost a large area of skin and soft tissue.
Depending upon the type of procedure needed to improve scars, healing time will vary. Initially, the treated area will be bandaged. You will be provided with aftercare instructions to care for the surgical site, including keeping it clean, the application of any ointments or creams, and the types of medications you may need to take. Dr. Tanna ensures his patients understand what to expect after a scar revision surgery and are professionally guided through the recovery process.
At first, the treated area may be swollen, reddened, or bruised. Most of these issues reduce in the following two weeks. It is important that you follow all aftercare instructions carefully, including avoiding activities that could impact healing or putting pressure on the treated area. It is also necessary to avoid exposing the area to the sun for several months, or use a high SPF sunscreen and cover the area with a bandage if you can’t avoid exposure. About 4-6 weeks after scar revision, you will apply scar cream and massage to encourage proper healing.