Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery offers Scar Revision procedures to the residents of Sugar Land, Texas, and Houston, Texas. Scars are the result of the body’s natural healing mechanism for injury and trauma. When the skin is broken by cuts, scrapes or surgical incisions, the body begins to close the wound by building a network of new collagen over the injury. The new collagen is formed in a disorganized manner and has a tighter structure than the original skin. Deeper injuries and more traumatic injuries require the body to undergo a greater level of repair, and create the most significant scars. This method of rebuilding the skin at the site of the injury causes scars to be thicker than the surrounding skin. Scars are more vulnerable to ultraviolet light from the sun; therefore, scars tend to be darker than the rest of the skin. Scar Revision helps to reduce the appearance of the scar, making it less visible.
What happens during the Scar Revision procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?
Depending on the individual treatment plan, Dr. Stapenhorst may use minimally invasive or surgical techniques for Scar Revision procedures. Minimally invasive treatments include dermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical or micro peels, injections and skin bleaching techniques.
In general, deeper scars require surgery. For surgical Scar Revision procedures, Dr. Stapenhorst will use either a local or general anesthetic. Incisions are made around the scar, the scar tissue is removed, and the resulting wound is repaired. For large scars, Dr. Stapenhorst may graft a tissue substitute over the area, or use a tissue expansion technique.
When can normal activities resume after the Scar Revision procedure?
Limitations on normal activities vary, depending on the extent of the Scar Revision procedure. Dr. Stapenhorst discusses post-operative activities with his patients during the consultation appointment.
Is there any pain associated with the Scar Revision procedure?
Patients typically experience mild discomfort during the minimally invasive Scar Revision procedures. A surgical Scar Revision procedure is more extensive, and the patient may have pain after the procedure. Dr. Stapenhorst may prescribe a pain medication to his patients who undergo surgical Scar Revision procedures. Patients may experience redness, swelling and soreness after their Scar Revision procedures.
How much does Scar Revision cost in Houston?
Signature Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.August 17, 2012