Everybody wishes to have clear and smooth skin. But, that is not the case always as scars are a common issue that all of us face. Scars can be explained as the marks of injury or surgery. Whenever the continuity of the skin is broken, the healing occurs by the formation of a scar. Scars can sometimes be quite prominent which hampers the overall appearance of the person.
Dr Hiren Bhatt, Nishtha Wellness’s Board Certified Plastic And Cosmetic Surgeon explains that it is now possible to get rid of scars with the help of multiple procedures without having to undergo major surgery.
Most scars settle over a period of one year, that is they become less visible, less hard and symptoms like itching and redness decrease. Hence plastic surgeons advise to wait for about a year after injury or operation before going for scar revision surgery.
How Do Scars Look Like?
There are many factors which decide how a scar would look like. Some of them are
It should be noted that a scar can not be completely removed even by plastic surgery. A plastic surgeon tries to make the scar less noticeable with the help of various techniques. One of them is the procedure of scar revision, an operation for making the scar less visible.
Most scars settle over a period of one year, that is they become less visible, less hard, and symptoms like itching and redness decrease. Hence plastic surgeons advise waiting for about a year after injury or operation before going for scar revision surgery.
What To Expect At The Consultation With Dr Hiren Bhatt?
At Nishtha Wellness, Vadodara consultation is of utmost importance before diving into any procedure. During a consultation with Dr Hiren Bhatt, our expert Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon makes sure that he understands the needs and requirements of the patients.
He guides them through the entire procedure and explains everything in detail. This helps the patients in making an informed decision regarding the procedure.
He also urges his patients to ask as many questions as they want to achieve complete clarity. Nishtha Wellness, Vadodara strongly believes in transparency and hence we explain everything related to the procedure including the achievable result.
A consultation can be a vital moment before any procedure as the patient can analyze his or her comfort level with the doctor and understand all the aspects which entail the procedure.
What To Expect Before Beginning The Procedure Of Scar Revision?
Before beginning the treatment, Dr Hiren Bhatt will make sure that he knows your entire medical history. This is necessary to have a smooth procedure.
Also, any pertaining allergies must be told to the doctor before the procedure itself. Some pictures might be taken in order to analyze the result after the procedure.
How Are Scars Corrected At Nishtha Wellness, Vadodara?
There are several types of scar and several methods to correct them:
- Z Plasty: A Scar That Is Placed across The Direction Of Skin Creases And Folds, Can Be Made Less Visible By A Procedure Known As Z – Plasty. Here The Surgeon Changes The Direction Of The Scar By Making A Z, Raising The Flaps Of Tissue And Orienting The Z In Such A Way That The New Scar Falls, For The Most Part Of It, In A Natural Skin Crease.
- Hypertrophic Scar: Hypertrophic Scar Is The One That Is Raised Above The Surface. Though It Looks Like Keloid It Is Different From The Keloid As It Does Not Extend Beyond The Boundaries Of The Scar. Such Scar Can Be Handled By Giving Steroid Injections In To The Scar. The Steroid Injections Selected Are Of Locally Acting Type. These Steroid Are Safe As They Remain Confined To The Scar Only And Does Not Produce Commonly Seen Side Effects Of The Steroid.
- Keloids : Keloids Are An Extension Of Scarring Process. In Simple Words, It Can Be Said That They Occur Because The Body Continuous To Produce Scar Tissue Fibers Known As Collagen, Even After The Wound Has Healed. A Keloid Extends Beyond The Boundary Of The Wound, Is Red And Itchy. Keloid Can Occur In Any Area Of Body But Most Common Sites Are, Chest Wall, Earlobe And Shoulder. It Is More Likely To Occur In Dark Skinned People. Some People Have A Tendency To Develop Keloid, That Is They Form Keloid Very Easily When They Are Injured Or Undergo Operation. Keloids Can Be Treated By Injecting Steroid Injection In Them, Giving Pressure By Specific Pressure Appliances Or By Surgery. When Treated By Surgery, The Chances Of Recurrence Or Formation Of New Keloid From The Area Where Skin Is Taken For Replacement, Are Very High, Especially In Persons Having Tendency To Form Keloid.
- A Scar That Is Moderately Wide And With Prominent Stitch Marks Can Be Excised And The New Wound Edges Can Be Brought Together By Fine Sutures To Give Fine Line Like Scar.
The right type of procedure for scar reduction is decided during the consultation itself after analysis of the scar. Accordingly, local or general anesthesia is administered depending upon the procedure.
In case the scar revision needs incision to remove a previous scar, then the cosmetic surgeon will create a new incision and remove that scar.
Once the procedure of scar revision is performed then Dr Hiren Bhatt, your plastic surgeon will close any incisions he has made for this purpose.
What To Expect During Recovery From Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar healing takes time. Immediate and quick results cannot be expected. Scars undergo a natural maturation process before they settle.
The scar goes through a process of resolution and maturation. It will look very good the day you have the surgery. Then there will be some swelling for a few days. The scar may become red, slightly indurated, and thick. It may rise above the skin surface, this is the stage of hypertrophy. It may become itchy, at times painful. This can last up to three to four months. After this period the maturation will start, the scar will become supple. The skin will become soft and pliable and the colour of the scar will come close to normal skin.
In case you have queries regarding this or any other procedures, we welcome you for a one-on-one consultation with Dr Hiren Bhatt at Nishtha Wellness in Vadodara where he will expertly guide you on the matter.