Whether caused by an injury, past surgery or acne, scars — especially those on the face — can be sources of self-consciousness for many people. If the appearance of a scar is keeping you from living your best life, know that a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon may be able to help.
Here are a few of the most common scar revision plastic surgery treatment options for various types of scars.
1. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are often used to treat pitted or indented scars, such as icepick acne scars. Dermal fillers work by “filling in” these indents, creating a smoother and more even skin texture. Most fillers can provide results anywhere from 6 to 12 months before gradually breaking down.
However, many people find that keeping their same smooth results is easy to maintain, as each appointment takes around 30 minutes or less.
2. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fillers and laser skin treatments are sometimes combined for enhanced scar removal results.
Laser resurfacing is another popular option for scar treatment. As the laser is passed over your skin, it converts laser energy into heat to stimulate important cellular components like collagen and other proteins. Laser skin resurfacing also gently removes the outer layer of your skin in order to speed up the skin’s natural skin peeling process.
3. Surgical Scar Revision
In some cases, Dr. Ezzat may recommend a surgical scar revision procedure involving a skin graft to reconstruct the injured area. Depending on your specific needs, you can expect around 1 week of downtime after this procedure.