Scars are a natural part of healing. However, this process isn’t always perfect; scars can affect your skin’s look or function. At John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, in Katy, Texas, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Freeman understands how unsightly scars make you feel and performs scar revision procedures. He uses many treatment modalities, customizing your scar revision procedure, so you get the best possible outcome. Call or click the book online button today to schedule a scar revision consultation.
Scar revision refers to procedures that improve the appearance of a scar. The goal of scar revision is to make the scar less conspicuous, so it blends in with the surrounding skin.
When you have a tear in the surface of your skin, the body uses collagen fibers to quickly close the open wound. This speedy response to heal the open wound is why scars come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
Types of scars include:
Keloid scars are thick, raised scars extending beyond the boundary of the injury. These scars may cause pain or itching or impair movement.
Hypertrophic scars are raised scars like keloid scars but don’t extend too far beyond the initial injury. These types of scars usually improve over time.
Ice pick scars are sunken or pitted scars. These types of scars may form from acne or chickenpox.
Dr. Freeman is a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon who uses many modalities for scar revision. Some of the scar revision procedures he offers include:
Dr. Freeman may recommend surgical excision if you have large hypertrophic or keloid scars. For this procedure, he removes the scar tissue and carefully closes the incision to create a thin, less visible scar.
Microneedling with PRF breaks up the scar tissue and stimulates the healing process. PRF is a component of your blood that assists in the healing process. Dr. Freeman may recommend this procedure to treat acne scars and hypertrophic scars.
Dermabrasion is an exfoliating tool that reduces the appearance of scars. Dr. Freeman may recommend dermabrasion for acne or surgical scars.
Dr. Freeman uses laser resurfacing for burn and trauma scars, as well as acne and hypertrophic scars.
Dr. Freeman recommends chemical peels for mild acne scars.
ZO Skin Health is a skincare line that helps prevent scars.
Scars fade over time, and Dr. Freeman recommends you wait at least a year following the appearance of your scar before seeking scar revision treatment.
Call the office of John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, or schedule an appointment online today.