INTRODUCTIONWhat You Need to Know
What is Scar Revision?
Scar revision, also known as scar correction or scar reduction, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of a scar. Injections or applications of steroid medications may also help to make a scar less obvious. Because it takes a year or longer for a scar to heal completely, many doctors recommend waiting 12 to 24 months to allow a scar to heal before undergoing scar revision. However, in special cases, some scars respond more effectively if treatment takes place between six to eight months. It's important to note that scars can never be removed completely.
How are Scars Formed?
Whenever there is a break in the skin from trauma, burns, surgery or disease, the skin heals itself by forming scar tissue. At first, scar tissue is reddened and somewhat prominent. As time passes, most scars usually flatten and become less noticeable. The way a scar develops depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury. Factors that affect the severity and appearance of a scar include the size, depth and location of the wound, the person's age, general health, heredity, thickness and color of the skin and blood supply to the area.
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