When the deep layers of skin become damaged, the body forms new fibers of collagen in order to mend the damage. This often results in a scar, which will have a different appearance and texture than the surrounding, unharmed tissues. Oftentimes, scars can occur on the face, which can cause distress and self-consciousness to many individuals. Scar repair in Denver can help to improve the appearance of facial scars for a more confident you.
What is Scar Repair?
Once a scar forms, it is permanent. However, scar repair surgery can help to lessen the appearance of a scar. Important factors associated with scar repair include skin color and type, age, and the type of scarring. Because different types of scarring respond to different scar revision techniques, a consultation will be needed to determine the best plan of action.
How is Scar Repair Done?
Scar repair often entails surgery to remove the scar tissue from the skin. Skin flaps can be used to form a new incision line, or skin grafts may be used. A Z-plasty is a technique to move a scar from one area to another, more discreet area.
Other less-invasive techniques that can soften the appearance of scarring include dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. These facial treatments remove the uppermost layers of skin to smooth and diminish the appearance of a scar.
The type of scar repair will depend on the type of scar and its location. A consultation with an ENT specialist can help to best determine which treatment technique is right for you.
What Patients Are Saying
I recently had to find a new ENT after my employer changed my insurance. I have a complicated health history so it can be daunting to find a new provider that you trust. I was very pleased with Dr. Picerno – she was kind, patient and very thorough! I’m so happy to have found her! I also met with Amelia, an audiologist, and she was also awesome!
Had a great experience with Dr Cote and great results! Would recommend Dr Cote. I would also go back for anything else I may need! -Cheryl B.
Scar Repair Recovery
Following scar repair surgery, patients often experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, and redness. Any sutures placed will be removed shortly after surgery. It is important to follow your physician’s specific aftercare instructions to ensure a safe and quick recovery. It is recommended that patients avoid strenuous activity for a time after surgery to allow your body to fully heal.
Scar repair can help to correct the appearance of unwanted scarring, often improving patients’ self-esteem. If you are interested in learning about your scar repair options, contact AOO/ENT specialists of the Rockies today to schedule your consultation.
Nicolette A. Picerno, M.D.
Dr. Nicolette Picerno is double-board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery. She received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and performed her residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship training in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Picerno is married and has three sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player.