I have a terrible scar that runs across my left cheek all the way to just below my nose.

Question:

I have a terrible scar that runs across my left cheek all the way to just below my nose. I am selfconscious about it and ready to have it removed. What is the process for scar repair?

Answer:

The process for scar repair first naturally involves an evaluation. In most patients, we prefer to wait at least one year before a scar revision is recommended. However, this is not set in stone, as for patients with a very unsightly or scar with other complications this can be addressed earlier. The scar revision is using plastic and surgical technique whereby the scar is removed and made much more unnoticeable with repair. The procedure is often done either under local anesthesia or local anesthesia with light sedation. The sutures are typically removed between five-seven days and in many patients the surgeon will often recommend a resurfacing procedure to blend the scar in even more. We typically tell patients they can expect between 40-70% improvement and have published in this area as a guide for doctors learning to perform scar revision. The first step is naturally a consultation to determine if you area a good candidate.

Posted by Dr. Williams