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Scar Repair is Part of the Job for a Cosmetic Surgeon

It is sad to see people with scars which may cause them pain or embarrassment and even sadder when it is a child. This is why it is important to remember that plastic surgeons such as Dr Sofonio perform scar repair treatments as well as things such as breast enhancements, Botox and liposuction.

When to have scar repair done is not always clear. Scars shrink and become less noticeable as they age. You may be able to wait for surgical intervention until the scar lightens in colour, which can be several months or even a year after the wound has healed. For some scars, however, it is best to have scar repair surgery 60 to 90 days after the scar matures. Each scar is different.

There are several ways to improve the appearance of scars:

  • The scar may be removed completely and the new wound closed very carefully.
  • Dermabrasion involves removing the upper layers of the skin with a special wire brush called a burr. New skin grows over this area. Dermabrasion can be used to soften the surface of the skin or reduce irregularities.
  • Massive injuries (such as burns) can cause loss of a large area of skin and may form hypertrophic scars. These types of scars can restrict movement of muscles, joints and tendons. Surgery removes extra scar tissue. It may involve a series of small cuts on both sides of the scar site, which create V-shaped skin flaps.
  • Skin grafting involves taking a thin layer of skin from another part of the body and placing it over the injured area. Skin flap surgery involves moving an entire, full thickness of skin, fat, nerves, blood vessels, and muscle from a healthy part of the body to the injured site. These techniques are used when a large amount of skin has been lost in the original injury, when a thin scar will not heal, and when the main concern is improved function (rather than improved appearance).

As for treatments to keep us looking youthful we are spoilt for choice these days and cosmetic surgeon like Dr Sofonio can help us keep the signs of aging at bay, and sometimes even revers the effects of time on our face and body. As we age we start to lose definition in our necks, develop jowls. and deep creases. Our mid-cheeks sag and we lose volume and definition. A facelift will refresh and rejuvenate your looks and these days the results of a facelift, or other facial surgery, are much more natural looking than in years past.

If you feel that you are not yet ready for proper facial surgery then there are other alternatives available which can also help to make you look younger. You can opt for chemical peels, injectable fillers and various other treatments for the face, neck and body. Just make sure that you visit an experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Dr Sofonio since you need to be aware that even the mildest of chemical peels, and other treatments, can have risks attached.

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