Scar treatments going under the knife

Scars can be minute in appearance but still bother the wearer – not as much as someone who has been banged up pretty badly and is nearly crippled with scars, but enough that they may consider to go extreme in reducing the appearance of their scars by the most invasive means available: surgery. Scar treatments, like the ones on, like going under the knife may be too risky for some and others may need to elect another option.

Scar revision surgery has become a regular thing and the advances in techniques involved have made some of the procedures do-able without going under anesthesia. Depending how extensive your scars are, some can be redone while you watch completely awake. Scar treatment by going under the knife would depend upon many factors and should be discussed with your medical doctor to see if you are a candidate for this type of scar removal.

Scar treatments under the knife normally consist of excised or cutting out the scar area, and repairing or suturing smaller to make less noticeable. In some severe cases skin grafts can be used if the area needs additional skin in the area or the skin is too damaged. Wound closure has now graduated to body compatible glues and tapes so long as the wound is in a low-tension area. These new glues and tapes help lessen the look of scars by not having sutures or staples placed on the skin to close up the wound area. The knuckles may be harder to address because you constantly flex that area so scar revision might not be as effective there.

Consultations with a plastic surgeon are, of course, mandatory before any scar revision procedure may be scheduled and the consult can determine what sort of surgery would best benefit you if you are indeed a good candidate for surgery at all.

Smokers and folks sensitive to anesthetics don’t get as many scar removal options in the surgical arenas and may do better with laser procedures to flatten scars, or dermabrasion that can whittle down layers of skin so newer, vital layers can show through. Topical scar cream products containing silicone are also an option in helping to reduce the appearance of the area, is not invasive and can be applied in the privacy of your own home.