Every year, around 200 million surgeries involving incisions are executed globally and roughly 170,000 scar revision surgeries are done in the United States itself. The treatment of visually unattractive marks such as scars can be challenging at times and their presence may stimulate negative and not-so-good memories of the past. These days, well-established dermatology clinics such as DermASAP offer highly effective scar revision surgeries to help you get rid of such scars conveniently without burning a hole in your pocket.
Such surgeries can be performed with or without general anesthesia depending upon the nature of your scar. The scope of a scar revision surgery depends on a few factors, such as:
- Location and size of the wound,
- Depth of the wound,
- Patient’s age and medical conditions, and
- Patient’s skin type and characteristics.
As a patient, you need to understand that scar removal procedures do not guarantee complete removal of scars. These surgeries are meant to reduce the visibility of the scar hence, making them less noticeable.
Along with the above-mentioned factors, the experts at DermASAP also suggest that an ideal candidate for a scar revision surgery should be physically healthy, a non-smoker, does not suffer from acne or any such skin-related problems and understand the limitations of the surgery.
What is the healing process after scar revision surgery?
The healing process after a scar revision surgery involves three stages:
- Inflammatory phase: This is the first phase which is more of an immediate response of your body to any injury or incision on the body. It functions as the additional help in containing and resisting any viruses or foreign bodies infecting the affected tissues by a variety of traumas, counting surgical incisions.
- Granulation phase: The granulation phase comprises fibroblast production within the affected area. These cells are liable for the creation and alteration of the extracellular matrix. Once collagen is set as the extracellular matrix and cells have grown on the frame, the injury goes in the restoration phase of wound healing.
- Remodeling phase: The remodeling phase includes the re-assortment of collagen filaments laid down in the former production phase. This is the lengthiest phase of the wound healing procedure; it may linger for up to a year. However, a couple of weeks are a more usual wait for this concluding phase of injury healing.
When should you get a scar revision surgery?
The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors such as the type and location of your wound, the tenderness and limberness of your scar, and finally your psychological readiness for the surgery. One of the popular practices considers a 6 to 18 month waiting period after the initial injury but again this depends on and varies from one patient to another.
The specialists at DermASAP suggest a proper and detailed assessment and screening of the wound as well as the patient on parameters such as the nature of the injury, the location of the injury, recognition of pathological curing, and any local practical damage by abnormality, before any revision procedure.