Facial scars can leave permanent reminders of past trauma, cancer or adolescent acne. Once a scar is created it is impossible to remove it without creating a new incision and a subsequent scar. However, there are techniques to improve scar appearance and to make them less noticeable to the casual observer. Laser resurfacing can also be use smooth out raised edges and help with pigmentation differences. Dr. Butz has experience with geometric broken line and other scar revision techniques to help people see you and not your scar.
Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:
- Hypopigmented scars
- Depressed scars
- Scars crossing facial units
Preparing for your Procedure
As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.
Scar revision may involve several stages. The primary stage includes excision the old scar and reorienting the scar to be in a less noticeable. Dr. Butz will close the incision in multiple layers to ensure it heals with as fine of a line as possible. If a second stage is necessary, this may involve laser resurfacing to smooth out any transitions and pigmentation differences.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office. You may have some bruising and swelling that will subside in 24-72 hours. Head elevation and icing can help minimize bruising and swelling. Most people have minimal pain. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
Recovery Time: 2-5 days
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your concerns and learn about your potential treatment options.