There are many reasons a person may have a scar, including previous surgery, injury, burn or a skin condition such as acne. These conditions may leave someone with a scar that is unsightly and may cause functional problems, such as difficulty closing the eye. Some scars may be very damaging to a person’s self-esteem and may limit his or her professional or personal activities. There are a variety of surgical techniques that improve scars, with dermabrasion being one of them.
There are many ways that a particular scar may be addressed, including both surgical and non-surgical options.
A scar may be narrowed, repositioned, reoriented, resurfaced, or a combination of the above in order to “hide” the scar better in its surrounding tissue. It is impossible to completely erase a scar, but there are many ways to camouflage it and make it less noticeable. The optimal treatment will depend on the nature of your scar, as well as your age, overall skin condition, and the number of previous surgeries.
It is important to find a surgeon who has a wealth of experience with the various techniques and is able to determine which method would be best for a particular scar. Dr. Thomas is a world-renowned expert in facial scar analysis and scar revision. He has been asked to write chapters on this topic in several major textbooks, and he is regularly invited to give lectures on scar revision at major conferences worldwide.
During your consultation, Dr. Thomas will analyze your particular scar, discuss alternatives for improving its appearance, and answer any questions you may have about your options. Dr. Thomas performs scar revision surgery in downtown Chicago and has operating privileges at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and at 900 North Michigan Surgical Center.
Depending on the extent and complexity of surgery required, it may be performed under local anesthesia, sedation (“twilight” anesthesia), or general anesthesia and can take between 1-3 hours.
You will be able to go home after surgery as soon as you’ve recovered from anesthesia. Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may have some swelling, bruising, and discomfort post-operatively. In most cases, these will improve significantly over the first several days following your procedure, and you will be able to return to regular activities after approximately 1 week.
Facial appearance related to scarring has an impact on issues of self-image, self-confidence, and social interaction with clear social and psychological implications. Those physicians treating patients with facial scars require treatment modalities and procedures that offer the best opportunity for a return to a normal and aesthetic appearance. Facial Scars: Surgical Revision and Treatment provides detailed descriptions, illustrations, and photographs of these procedures. Chapters are sequenced and organized to develop an orderly progression in four sections from basic concepts and key considerations, to surgical techniques and options, to nonsurgical treatment enhancements.