Minimizing the Presence of Unsightly Scars

While there is almost never a way to completely eliminate the presence of scar tissue on the body, Dr. Vila is surprisingly apt at scar revision, and is often able to find a way to drastically reduce the visibility of topical scarring. If you’re in Greenbrae, Marin County, or the San Rafael areas, reach out and set up your consultation to meet with Dr. Vila and learn more about whether or not our scar revision procedure is right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Scar Revision?

As with any other procedure, Dr. Vila will first meet with you, to review your treatment area and talk you through the options that might be able to bring you in line with your stated cosmetic goals.

You’re more than likely a great candidate for scar revision if you’re dealing with:

  • Acne scarring
  • Painful scars
  • Itchy scars
  • Raised scars
  • Discolored scars
  • Impeded function

Customizing Your Procedure

Scar revision is a highly specific surgery, with each procedure needing to be tailored to the specific needs of that given scar. No two scars are the same, which means Dr. Vila will need to draw from one of several different techniques that he can use to perform your actual scar revision. Take a look down below to read about some of the techniques that Dr. Vila can use to address various types of scars.

Scar Revision in Greenbrae and San Rafael

Something that is important to establish right away is that no scar can be completely removed. In other words, once there’s a scar, there will always be a scar. However, the magic of plastic surgery enables us to create situations in which scars can often be hidden, or otherwise effectively minimized in appearance. 

Dr. Vila will examine you carefully to determine if your scar is amenable to a procedure to improve the appearance of the scar, and sometimes remove it entirely and create a newer, better scar. Keloid scars can be a disfiguring condition that are treated with a combination of surgery and a series of steroid injections. Dr. Vila is an expert in treating keloid scars of the face, head, and neck.

What Will My Recovery Be Like?

For scars that are removed and revised, small stitches are placed and removed after about one week. For resurfacing procedures, such as CO2 laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, the redness and swelling usually lasts for one week. In any case, Dr. Vila will talk you through everything you need to know, both about your scar revision procedure and the recovery period that will follow.

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