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How Maxillofacial Surgeons Help Minimize Scars After a Facial Surgery

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Advanced Center Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
 image of the side of a beautiful woman's face who is touching her chin with one hand and her eyes closedFor the most part, facial surgeries are life-changing and offer functional and notable improvements to health and self-esteem. Unfortunately, most surgeries leave behind visible scars that can have lingering effects on self-confidence. While some degree of scarring is inevitable with facial surgery, maxillofacial surgeons can help minimize the appearance of scars.

How Does Scarring Occur?

When the skin suffers any trauma, such as cuts, the body immediately starts self-healing. The self-healing process involves the production of collagen, which helps to repair the damaged tissue. The collagen deposits not just on the skin but also in deeper tissues, including muscles and ligaments. Scars normally occur due to excessive collagen synthesis.

How Maxillofacial Surgeons Help Reduce Scarring

There are several ways a maxillofacial surgeon may restore harmony to the face after surgery. These include:

Pre-Surgical Planning

At the heart of pre-operative planning is incision design, which involves mapping incision areas. Moreover, the surgeon may opt for minimally invasive procedures that require smaller incisions.

Using Advanced Scar Reduction Techniques

Depending on the nature and size of the scars, your surgeon may recommend some advanced scar reduction procedures to get rid of them or at least camouflage them. The most common procedure in this regard is laser treatment. This treatment typically stimulates collagen production, which then fills out and softens the scar tissue. Additionally, laser therapy helps to address the discoloration caused by scars, which subsequently promotes an even skin tone.

Scar Revision and Refinement

Where the scars are very prominent or unsightly, your maxillofacial surgeon might recommend scar revision procedures to change their appearance. These revision procedures include scar excision, tissue rearrangement, and dermal fillers. Apart from helping to diminish the size and visibility of the scars, scar revision procedures also enhance the skin texture.

Book your Appointment Today

As much as a maxillofacial surgeon can help reduce or eliminate your surgical scars, you also have a role to play. In particular, you should follow the aftercare regimen recommended by the surgeon. If you have additional questions or inquiries, book an appointment today with one of our maxillofacial surgeons.
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