A scar is the body's response to any trauma. This can be the result of an accident or even the planned trauma from a surgical procedure. Whereas the incisions with a surgery can be designed in such a way to minimize the eye's ability to see them, this is not always the case with traumatic scars. And even some planned incisions may not have been placed in the best location originally as most surgeons do not have the level of training of a facial plastic surgeon. Other incisions may not have had any option to be placed better depending on the requirements of surgery at that time. Scarring from acne can also create an uneven surface to the skin which is readily noticeable.
Problematic scars may be elevated, depressed, widened, poor color, irregular texture, or placed in a poor location. The good news is scars can be improved regardless of their cause. But the process of scar revision is just that, a process. It may involve removing your old scar and creating a new one under less tension as tension is the enemy of a beautiful scar. It may involve changing the angle of your scar to make it less noticeable to the eye. It may involve resurfacing procedures to blend it better with the surrounding tissue. Frequently it takes a combination of techniques at various time intervals to achieve the most cosmetically pleasing scar. Whatever the problem, Dr. Guy can discuss the best approach to improving your scar at the time of consultation.