In most instances, a bit of scarring will occur while your skin recovers from an injury. While the scarring may be considered permanent, there are a host of techniques your San Diego plastic surgeon can use to improve the condition of the scar and make it less noticeable, regardless of where it occurs on your body.
In this issue, we’ll talk about:
- how scars are formed;
- how you can minimize scarring;
- who are candidates for scar revision; and
- what you can expect from the actual process.
How are scars formed?
While it may sound like an obvious question, the American Academy of Dermatology has an interesting explanation for the development of the scar that illustrates the resiliency of the human body.
Simply put, when your skin has been injured, the body goes to work to repair the wounded area. It does this by creating a strong fiber – called collagen that provides your skin with the flexibility it needs to rejoin the parts that were separated from the injury.
As the body is doing its repair work, a scab is created over the wound to protect it from the environment. Once the underneath skin is fully repaired, the scab dries and drops off.
Left in the scab’s place is a scar, which can be pink, brown or silver in color.
How can I minimize scarring?
- If you experience a cut or scrape, apply pressure to the wounded area with a clean cloth for at least 20 minutes. Afterward, make sure to clean the wound with water and soap. Apply a topical antibiotic to protect the wound from infection, and then protect it with a clean bandage.
- For burns, don’t put ice or butter on the wounded area or submerge it in ice water. Instead, let running cool water flow over the wound for about 15 minutes before loosely applying a bandage to the affected area.
- To prevent acne scarring from getting worse, commit to washing the area daily with an acne cleanser and apply an over-the-counter acne-fighting topical solution.
What is scar revision and who is a good candidate for it?
Essentially, scar revision minimizes the scar so that it’s less noticeable and actually blends in more with the skin surrounding it.
A good candidate for scar revision for someone at practically any age is someone who:
- is physically healthy;
- does not smoke; and
- has no other active skin diseases or acne in the area that’s to be treated.
What’s the recovery time for scar revision?
There may be some swelling and discomfort for 1-2 weeks, but the final results will be long-lasting.
For scar revision in San Diego, call the Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser and Skin Care Institute.
We’d love to talk with you about your interests in scar revision. In particular, we’re proud to offer the microlaser peel, which removes a thin layer of damaged skive to improve the texture and tone, as well as giving your skin a more youthful appearance.
To learn more, call us at 858-457-1111 or reach us online.