How to Choose a Scar Revision Specialist

A prominent, poorly healed, or malformed scar can cause a number of problems, from self-consciousness to reduced mobility. Scar revision techniques can reduce the size and appearance of scars, move them so that they are less visible, loosen too-tight scars that limit range of motion, or correct scars that have healed improperly. If you wish to have a scar revision procedure, however, it's important to find the right doctor to provide the best possible results.

Approaches to Scar Revision

There are different ways to approach a scar revision procedure. Unlike some other surgical techniques, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The best way to reduce the look of a particular scar depends on the type of scar and the desired results. Depending on the type of scar, different techniques used include: * Surgical revision * Laser resurfacing * Dermabrasion * Pressure bandages * Steroid injections Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are commonly used to correct acne scars, and can be administered by a qualified dermatologist. Surgical techniques require a cosmetic surgeon with experience in scar revision. Pressure bandages or steroid injections are most often used for keloid or hypertrophic scars, both of which require specific forms of treatment and careful monitoring for successful results.

Choosing a Scar Revision Specialist

There are several things to consider when choosing a medical professional to help reduce or improve the appearance of your scars. Some things to look out for include: * Proper accreditation * Experience with the type of scar you wish to have worked on * Before and after pictures of the surgeon's work * Experience with your ethnic type Proper training and certifications, such as board certification for a plastic surgeon, ensures that the doctor you choose has had additional training and is subject to regular licensing requirements. Experience with the type of scar you have is very important, especially if you are dealing with keloid or hypertrophic scars. This type of scar is caused by a malfunction in the scarring process, and so requires special care and treatment to ensure successful results. Experience with your ethnic type is a factor many don't consider, but this can be an important consideration, especially if you are of African American heritage. The darkness of African American skin makes it much more susceptible to visible scarring, as do other specific qualities. In addition, keloid scarring is more likely to occur in those of African American heritage, so a surgeon familiar with minimizing scarring and treating keloid scarring will be much more likely to provide satisfactory results. Some surgeons even specialize in techniques targeted for African Americans. If you are seeking laser treatment or dermabrasion for acne scars or raised scars, experience with these techniques is necessary. Skin care professionals, such as dermatologists, who are not plastic surgeons can perform some techniques that are very effective for minimizing acne scars, and sometimes even specialize in this type of treatment. As with a plastic surgeon, be sure to check the doctor's certifications and experience. Also, if possible, look for referrals from friends or acquaintances who have had experience with scar revision or scar resurfacing. If a friend has had positive results, there's a good chance you'll also receive good results from the doctor they worked with.

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