Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed.  They are unavoidable and their development can be unpredictable.  Poor healing and genetics may contribute to scars that are raised or recessed or different in color and texture resulting in scars that are particularly noticeable due to size, shape and location.  Scar revision surgery is used when a patient wishes to minimize an old scar so that it is more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture.

Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic appearance or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.

The Procedure

Treatment options include use of topical treatments or minimally invasive procedures.  Dr. Patrick Swier will determine the best treatment option based on the scars type and location.  Laser treatment can be used to make rough or elevated scars smoother and less visible by removing part of the upper layers of skin.  Injecting steroids to reduce size can treat keloid or hypertrophic scars.  If the scar is large, Dr. Patrick Swier can excise the old scar to create a new scar to create a more aesthetic result.

Key Facts

Good Candidates: Any male or female who has scars as a result of an injury, previous surgery or acne.  Patients should be healthy and not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that would impair healing, should not smoke and have a positive outlook but realistic goals in mind.

Anesthesia: Depending on the type of procedure needed for improvement, scar revision can be done under local or general anesthesia.

Length of Procedure: Times for this procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on several factors such as size, type and location of the scar.

Length of Stay: The patient will typically go home the same day.

Discomfort: Minor swelling, soreness, bruising may occur depending on type of treatment performed but can be controlled with pain medications.

Recovery: It is very important to precisely follow post-op instructions given by Dr. Patrick Swier to ensure proper healing and exceptional results.

Final result: Improvement can be seen immediately but incisions will take several weeks to heal completely.

Duration of results: Typically results are permanent as long as the area heals properly.

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Skin Care

Improve how you face the world.

All skin ages. It’s a fact of life. But some of us are more plagued by wrinkles, brown spots, spider veins, skin cancer, unwanted hair and loose skin than others. That doesn’t mean you have to just accept it. There are things you can do to improve your appearance and restore a more youthful look.

Our program is like a fountain of youth.

A medical skin care program can reduce damage and even out skin pigmentation. Microdermabrasion can smooth out the skin and open clogged pores. Skin fillers can restore fullness to lips and fill in lines. Botox can make crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles virtually disappear. Laser treatments can reduce hair growth and remove spider veins. Micro laser peels can minimize brown spots and sun damage. Talk to us about these options and we can help you decide the right ones for your skin.

Regarding fillers the office mantra is :no duck lips. This frequently observed lip deformity caused by overzealous filler injections by non plastic surgeons is a “no-no” in the office.