Advanced scar revision treatments

Facial scarring can be emotionally traumatic and detrimental to a person’s self-esteem. Whether the scar is from acne, surgery, burns, an accident, or assault, most can be improved if not made imperceptible. Dr. Brace is a facial scar revision expert for keloids, hypertrophic scars, and large, widened, or red scars. Dr. Brace uses a combination of surgical techniques, steroid injections, and best-in-class lasers to reduce, soften, and lighten scar visibility. Not all types of lasers are effective on scars, and it is essential to understand what can and cannot be achieved with each laser technology.

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Types of scars

Scar revision is a specialized field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, performed to minimize the appearance of scars to improve overall texture and color so the scarred skin blends with the surrounding skin, is smoother, and less visible. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we offer a range of scar revision treatments, including surgical, laser, injections, and fat transfer, to help patients achieve smoother, more aesthetically pleasing skin. Several types of scars can affect the face, each with its own characteristics and appearance:

  • Keloid scars: Keloids are raised, thickened scars that extend beyond the original injury site and may grow larger over time.
  • Hypertrophic scars: Similar to keloids, hypertrophic scars are raised and thickened but do not extend beyond the initial injury site.
  • Atrophic scars: Atrophic scars are characterized by a depressed area or sunken appearance in the skin, often caused by acne or other skin conditions.
  • Contracture scars: Contracture scars result from burns and can cause the skin to tighten and restrict movement.
  • Surgical scars: These scars form after various facial surgeries, including cosmetic, reconstructive, or facial cancer surgery.
  • Traumatic scars: Traumatic scars result from injuries, such as cuts, lacerations, or punctures, and can vary in size and shape.
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Facial scar revision techniques

At Guelph Facial Plastics, we offer a comprehensive approach to scar revision, tailoring the treatment to the scar type and the skin condition. Our scar revision treatments include:

  • Surgical scar revision: Surgical scar revision involves the removal of the old scar and meticulous closure using advanced techniques to create a thinner, less noticeable scar. This approach is suitable for certain types of scars, especially those with widened or poorly healed edges.
  • Laser scar revision: Laser treatments use advanced technology to stimulate collagen production and improve the texture and color of the scar. Laser therapy can effectively reduce redness, smooth the scar’s surface, and blend it with the surrounding skin.
  • Scar injections: Injectable fillers may be used to add volume to sunken scars. Steroid and antifibroblast injections may be used to shrink scars.
  • Fat transfer: Fat grafting involves transferring the patient’s own fat to the scarred area to improve its texture and appearance. This method can be especially effective for atrophic scars.

Why choose us for facial scar revision?

At Guelph Facial Plastics, we offer personalized, compassionate care for scar revision treatments. Our founder, Dr. Brace, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a member of the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and serves as adjunct faculty in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Brace is a lecturer in the division of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Toronto and one of the few fellowship-trained, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons practicing in Canada. With a focus on facial aesthetics and reconstructive procedures, Dr. Brace brings years of experience and expertise to scar revision treatments. Patients come to Dr. Brace from Kitchener, Guelph, Milton, and the surrounding communities.

Your private consultation

If you have facial scars and would like to explore your scar revision options, contact Guelph Facial Plastics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brace. A customized treatment plan will be developed for your unique condition to help you have smoother, more aesthetically pleasing skin and restore your self-confidence. Schedule a private appointment with Dr. Brace to have your scars assessed. He can provide an honest evaluation and an individually tailored treatment plan.

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