Scar Removal Orlando

Dr. Oppenheimer — @RealdrOPP

A badge of honor or a painful memory?

If your scars are bothersome, I can help. Scars can be aesthetically unpleasant and make people self-conscious resulting in lower self-esteem. Scars can make people feel stigmatized, triggering a reminder of a painful experience. Scars can also create physical pain such as severe itching and discomfort.

Scar Removal

There are a number of factors that affect scarring, including blood supply, skin tone color, and thickness of your skin, depth, location or size of the original wound. Your age, ethnicity, and genetics are other considerations when considering getting scar treatment.

If you've suffered an injury or had surgery, you will need to wait at least 3 months before getting scar removal treatments. My goal is to minimize your scar and make it as inconspicuous as possible and have it blend in with your surrounding skin tone.

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Types of Scars & their Treatments

Types of Procedures

  • Acne Scars: These types of scars can fluctuate from deep pores to angular punctures in the skin. The right procedure depends on your type of acne scars. CO2 laser and/or micro-needling may be considered, as well as chemical peels
  • Contracture Scars: The scars tend to pull the edges of the skin together following a burn or other injury and can impact muscles and tendons in that area. One of my options here is to cut the scar out and replace it with a flap or skin graft. 
  • Facial Scars: I can make your facial scar less noticeable by cutting and then closing it with very small stitches. Another option is to use the Z-plasty method to reposition your facial scar and have it more parallel to the skin creases.
  • Hypertrophic Scars: Similar to keloid scars, they are also thick and red but the difference is that hypertrophic scars tend to stay within the wound or incision area. Sometimes, I need to remove the excess scar tissue with a scar revision.
  • Keloid Scars: These types of scars are red or dark in color, in a thick cluster, and growing beyond the edges of the incisions often over the breastbone or on the earlobes or shoulders. The problem is collagen is still being produced by the body after a wound has healed. Keloid scars often come back and may actually require radiation therapy after excision.
  • Atrophic Scars: Most common on the face, these scars often sit under the surrounding skin. There are types of atrophic scars: boxcar (wide, U-shaped with sharp edges), ice pick (narrow, V-shaped deep into the skin), and rolling (wide, rounded edges and irregular appearance). 
  • Microneedling: With this technique, we make thousands of pinpricks with a pen to reduce the thickness of the scar and allow for new collagen growth.
  • Laser Resurfacing: Using a CO2 laser, we resurface the scar, in effect “sanding down” a raised scar and reducing redness in a single or series of treatments.
  • Chemical Peels: Glycolic acid and TCA peels may be used to exfoliate varying layers of your skin. This will reduce the appearance of some types of scarring and associated pigmentation.
  • Flap surgery: Similar to skin grafting, flap surgery is a complex procedure that involves moving some of your skin from a healthy part of your body to the area that needs repairs. 
  • Z-plasty: Here, I can make your scar less noticeable by making it conform to your natural lines and creases and do so in a “Z” pattern. With this technique, I remove the old scar and make new incisions on each side of skin flaps, which are reorganized to cover a wound at a different angle, breaking up the original scar.

Scar Removal FAQs

What are the risks?

Scar removal is a safe procedure that can include minor risks such as a reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, change in skin sensation, delayed healing, infection, recurrence of an unsightly scar or skin discoloration and contour irregularities. I pride myself on safety and I take every precaution possible to give you the best scar removal Orlando can offer you.

Am I a candidate for scar removal?

If you are bothered by a scar, in good physical health, a non-smoker and do not have active acne or other skin diseases, you are a good candidate for scar removal .

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Consultation

A consultation is crucial before any Orlando scar removal procedure. You are unique, your scars are unique: we must consider the characteristics of your scar and your skin type. Together, we will determine whether you will need more than one treatment to remove or reduce your scar.

If you are a smoker, it is important that you quit at least two weeks before a treatment. You will need to stop taking aspirin and medications that are known to delay healing as well as skin care products that contain glycolic or retinoic acid. We will go over all the details during your consultation.

Together, we can come up with a treatment that will work best for you, aligning with your expectations. The goal is to help you not feel self-conscious and to improve and resolve an issue that has likely been bothering you for a long time.

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Scar Removal Recovery

We care! We’ll take care of you, not only at your procedure but also during your entire recovery. Our goal is not only to give you the best scar removal Orlando has to offer, but to make sure your recovery is smooth. We use silicone strips after surgery, and also provide you with silicone gel to massage the healing incision. We are here on the other end of a 24/7 call line (not a call center, just us) if you need any information or assistance. Here are a few things that will help you during your recovery:

  • You will likely feel some pain after your scar removal and medication can be prescribed for your discomfort
  • Keep your wound clean
  • Keep your silicone bandages on until told otherwise
  • Do not scratch at your incisions
  • Use our silicone scar gels for massage as directed
  • Scar massage is critical and will soften and flatten your scar as you heal.
  • A silicone gel adhesive is often applied after surgery
  • Make sure to use sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation

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