Scar Revision Surgery
Scar Revision & Removal In Cyprus
An injury, burn, trauma or surgery can cause the formation of visible scar tissue on the skin.
Skin scars can pose a toll on people’s confidence and self-esteem, while some scars may even cause pain apart from frustration to patients.
The good news is that there are efficient and permanent scar revision surgical treatments that can reduce the appearance and size of scars and protect them from hyperpigmentation.
Types of Scars
Active acne breakouts leave behind enlarged pores and scars that make people lose their confidence and even avoid social interactions.
Keloid scars are thick-raised scars that extend beyond the original injury. They are formed on the shoulders, cheeks, earlobes or chest. Even though keloid scars are not harmful, they cause emotional distress to patients.
Hypertrophic scars are formed due to excess collagen production at the injury site, but do not extend beyond the original wound (unlike keloid scars). They usually continue to thicken for up to 6 months.
When a large skin area is damaged and lost, the skin “shrinks,” becomes tight and restricts movement in the affected area. This scar type is called contracture and is typical to patients with burn injuries. Contracture scars might move deeper into the skin, affecting muscles, joints, tendons and nerves.
Scar Revision Treatment
The right diagnosis and clinical evaluation are necessary for treating the scars properly. Dr. Stavrou uses a number of different surgical techniques and modern medication to improve the look of scars and repair any functional impairments related to them.
The procedure is done under topical anesthesia, although light sedation might also be necessary for treating bigger scars. In some cases, a staging procedure is essential for successful scar treatment, but that depends on the size of the scar.
Recovery After Scar Revision Surgery
Recovery depends on the extent of the scars and the complexity of plastic surgery. Patients can return to their routine activities within 1-2 weeks after surgery.
The appearance of the scar will improve gradually during the first 6-8 weeks, while final results will be visible after 6-12 months.
Skincare and sun protection are necessary during the healing period.
Where Will Scar Treatment Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs reconstructive plastic surgery for scars in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol), Greece (Athens) and Malta (Sliema).
The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses the most advanced medical equipment for reconstructive plastic surgery. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in reconstructive procedures. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all of his patients.
After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in an exclusive and luxurious environment.
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FAQs for Scar Revision
Can laser remove scars?
Depending on the cause of the scar, some scars can indeed be treated with laser treatment. However, laser treatment cannot remove scars completely.
Lasers can stimulate new skin growth, smooth out a scar’s appearance, flatten a scar, or repair its color. They make surgical scars, acne scars, and other skin wounds less visible.
Laser treatment for scars is usually combined with other scar treatments, such as steroid injections. Multiple laser treatments might be required.
Can old scars still be removed?
Yes, even old scars can be removed with reconstructive surgery techniques, including:
- Skin Graft or Skin Flap
- Tissue Expansion
- Steroid Injections
- Laser surgery
The type of surgical treatment will depend on the type of scar.
Can acne scars be removed?
Acne scars can be removed, but that depends on how severe they are.
Multiple laser treatments can improve the appearance of acne scars by up to 70%.
For better results, a minor surgical treatment called punch excision is more suitable for acne scars. The plastic surgeon cuts out the acne scars one by one and then repairs the wound with skin grafts or stitches.
Another surgical technique for treating acne scars is subcision, during which the doctor inserts a very thin needle into the skin to release the scar from the underlying tissue. This makes the skin rise and diminishes the scar’s appearance.