Facial Scar Revision Surgery Washington DC
Scars are a natural part of dermal healing following lacerations, incisions, or tissue loss. They can vary in quality depending on the individual’s racial characteristics, the mechanism of the trauma, and conditions in which the wound healed—all of which are factors beyond the surgeon’s control. A scar on the face can have significant implications for the patient. What may seem like an insignificant issue to the casual observer can cause continuous frustration for the patient, affecting their daily lives. These can include psychological as well as social consequences, leading to a diminished quality of life. Factors that the surgeon can control include the favorable repositioning of the scar, proper alignment of the wound edges, and meticulous handling of the tissues. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Somenek understands the anatomy and factors that contribute to a favorable scar treatment.
Scarring occurs whenever multiple layers of the skin are injured. Once a scar forms, it is permanent but may become less visible through surgical intervention. Expectations of the surgical outcome must be realistic, as there is no way to remove or camouflage the scar completely. You will always have a scar; the primary goal of scar revision is to improve the appearance of the scar either by disguising it, relocating it, or minimizing its prominence.
There are many factors that must be considered when being evaluated for scar revision. Your skin type and color, your age and overall health, and the location and type of scar all influence the expected outcome and the surgical plan. Additionally, timing of scar revision must be carefully considered. Time alone will often improve the appearance of the scar; therefore, waiting periods that extend upwards of one year from the time of injury are not unusual. This waiting interval allows the scar to mature and fully heal. All of these factors should be discussed with the doctor before undergoing your scar revision surgery. The surgical technique Dr. Somenek chooses will be customized to address your individual needs and the type of scar that you have.
What to do After Surgery
You can expect to feel some discomfort after facial scar revision surgery. Some swelling, bruising and redness are generally unavoidable. Though the sutures will be removed within days after the surgery, your skin will continue to heal. Decreased activity is recommended for the first week, with a gradual increase to normal activity in the ensuing weeks. No medication should be taken without first consulting the surgeon. Scar tissue continues to mature for months after your procedure, therefore it is important that you followup with Dr. Somenek to ensure the best result possible.
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