Scars, caused by either accidents or by surgery, are unpredictable. The way a scar will develop depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury or the surgeon’s skills.
There are many variables that can affect the severity of scarring, including the size and depth of the wound, the thickness and color of your skin, the blood supply to the area and the direction of the scar. How much the appearance of a scar bothers you is a personal matter.
While no scar can be completely removed, plastic surgeons such as Dr. Lesavoy can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
If you’re considering scar revision, the information in this section will give you a basic understanding of the most common types of scars, the procedures used to treat them, and the results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask Dr. Lesavoy if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.