While it is impossible for a scar to be completely removed through surgery, it is possible to dramatically improve the appearance so that it is hidden or barely perceptible. Sometimes, scars respond to topical gels, steroid injections, laser treatments, or dermabrasion. In other cases Drs. J. David Kriet and Clinton D. Humphrey may suggest surgical scar revision. Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons will carefully take into account the size and shape of a scar as well as your skin tone prior to making a customized treatment plan.
Surgical Scar Revision
When surgical revision is recommended, several techniques are often combined. These may include scar excision, W-plasty, or Z-plasty. W-plasty and Z-plasty are utilized to break up and camouflage the scar.
Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars
Hypertrophic and keloid scars tend to arise more commonly in patients with darker skin types but are seen in all skin colors. These scars can be difficult to treat but can frequently be improved by a combination of medical and surgical therapy. Steroid injections are often used to soften the scars prior to any surgical intervention.
We offer a variety of treatment options to improve the appearance of a range of scar types. Please contact our practice for more information on scar revision in the Kansas City and Overland Park area.