Scar Revision

Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah

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Learn About Scar Revision

Scars can range from small acne scars to large, severe scars that develop following a serious injury like a burn. But all scars affect your appearance, and some even cause pain or restrict movement. That’s when you need scar revision from Amy Curtis, MD, FAAD, Leena Brown, MPT, PA-C, and the team at Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah. They have extensive experience performing many different scar revision treatments that effectively diminish or eliminate scars. To learn more about your treatment choices, call the office in Centerville or West Jordan, Utah, or schedule an appointment online today.

What is scar revision?

Scar revision refers to many topical treatments and procedures that improve the appearance of or eliminate a scar. The best treatment for you depends on the type, size, age, and location of your scar. Your provider at Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah carefully examines your scar and recommends the best choice for you.  

What causes scars?

Scars develop as your skin heals from a cut, inflammation, acne, and other injuries or conditions that cause damage. The tissues that grow during healing don’t have the same quality and texture as your natural skin. As a result, a scar appears.

What type of scar might need scar revision?

Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time, but even a small scar or an acne scar needs treatment when it’s in a visible area like your face. Other types of scars that often need revision include:

Keloid scars

A keloid scar is a raised scar that’s larger than the boundaries of the original injury. These scars are often pink or purple, and their appearance doesn’t improve over time.

Hypertrophic scars

These scars are raised, red, and confined to the boundaries of the injury.

Atrophic scars

An atrophic scar is depressed rather than raised. It usually develops due to acne but can also form following trauma or surgery.

Contracture scars

Contracture scars develop after severe tissue damage such as a burn. These scars tighten over time, causing pain and making it hard to move.

What scar revision treatment might I receive?

Your provider chooses from several possible treatments, starting with the least invasive choice that’s best for your scar. You may receive one or more of the following:

  • Topical gels
  • Pressure treatment
  • Injectable fillers
  • Dermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling
  • Collagen injections
  • Laser resurfacing with Sciton®
  • Topical or injected steroids
  • Punch graft
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgical scar revision

Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah providers have years of experience performing several types of surgery to improve the appearance of scars. For example, deep scars need advanced surgical techniques such as layered closure. 

During this procedure, the team repairs and closes each layer of tissue, beginning at the bottom of the scar. Then they use special techniques like flap closures or tissue grafts at the surface of your skin. 

If you’re ready to diminish the appearance of a scar, call Dermatology and Aesthetics Center of Utah, or schedule an appointment online.