By Academic Dermatology
September 21, 2015
Category: Scars
Tags: Scar Removal  

Scar RemovalLearn more about how your Edina dermatologist can reduce the look of unsightly scars.

While some people find scars to be a great conversation starter, for others their scars can feel unsightly and embarrassing. If you are looking for a way to reduce the appearance of your scar so it’s less noticeable to those around you then it’s time to talk to your Edina, MN dermatologist Dr. Whitney Tope about scar revision surgery.

Treating Your Scar

Different scars will often require different treatments. Once a scar forms it is permanent. Luckily, surgery and other treatments are available to reduce the scar’s appearance. Common scars that your Edina, MN dermatologist can treat include,

  • Burn scars
  • Keloid scars
  • Hypertrophic scars
  • Facial scars
During your consultation we will be sure to discuss your surgical options, the risks involved and the results you should expect. It’s important to have realistic expectations when it comes to your surgical treatment. Scars can never be completely removed but many cosmetic procedures can certainly go a long way to reducing the visibility of your scar.

Is scar treatment right for you?

The next thing to consider is whether scar surgery or treatment is ideal for you. The goal of treatment is to minimize your scar. Here are some important factors to discuss with your Edina dermatologist before deciding to get scar treatment:

  • Age
  • Skin type and color
  • Ethnicity
  • Your own healing rate
  • The type of scar you want to treat (scars will respond differently to certain surgical procedures)

Another important factor is whether the scar has come from an injury in which you are still healing. If this is the case, we will want to hold off on surgery until your body has fully healed from your injury.

Different Types of Scar Treatment

Here are some things to know about scar revision treatment:

  • Contracture scars (scars that have caused tightening of the skin like burn scars) usually require complete removal of scar tissue through surgical techniques.
  • Skin flaps made from healthy skin are then removed. If a skin flap is not possible then the next option is a skin graft, in which we take a section of skin from one area and attach it over the scarred skin.
  • Z-plasty may also be advised. This procedure requires us to move the scar to another less visible area like a natural fold in the skin. While this technique will not completely remove the scar it makes it significantly less visible.

Want to find out if your scar can be treated with this cosmetic procedure? Then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with your Edina dermatologist. Let Academic Dermatology make you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin.