Tissue damage forms a scar as part of the healing process. Scars are how your body repairs damage and restores continuity to your skin, but scar formation does not always follow a smooth course. As the healing process is not always straight forward, it can be complicated. Wounds can develop fluid collections, reactions to foreign bodies, or infection.
When scar formation is prolonged or complicated, it can result in abnormal color, texture or profile. In addition, wounds can migrate or stretch under tension, increasing the size of the scar. Having a painful scar that looks and feels abnormal is a good reason to consider having that scar evaluated by a surgeon. Some patients are more prone to scar enlargement or abnormal scar growth. In the case of keloids they can even grow beyond the boundaries of the original scar.
An irregular scar that is swollen, painful or tender, may be harboring an inflammatory reaction to surgical material or even cancer. The relationship between wound healing and cancer has been recognized for many years. The same mechanisms that help promote tissue growth and transformation for healing, are also associated with malignant transformation and cancer growth.
Whether the scar is bothersome cosmetically or concerning for discomfort and underlying pathology, scar excision and revision is an excellent solution to both problems. NYC surgical associates will help organize a comprehensive plan to remove and improve the scar’s appearance. The surgeons at NYC surgical associates have extensive plastic surgery experience with advanced techniques in scar removal and augmentation of the healing process, that ensure optimal cosmetic results.
Some examples of procedures for scar improvement
Restoring symmetrical appearance to scars that are lopsided
Moving a scar to a more optimal position where it is less visible
Replacing a wide, stretched-out scar with a narrow thin scar that is less visible
Removing a discolored scar with a thin scar if the same color as the surrounding skin
Removing a painful hypertrophic scar
Restoring a normal contour where one edge of the scar is elevated
Revision of belly button scars
Repair of deformity after piercings or body modifications
You can expect to meet with one of the surgeons and discuss in detail the problems you have been having with your scar. The surgeon will discuss all the operative and non-operative options available and then help you decide on an appropriate plan to treat your specific problems.