A new breakthrough in scar revision technology is good news for patients concerned about the appearance of scars following plastic surgeries, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation.
All surgeries will come with some degree of scarring, but our goal is to minimize that as much as possible for patients. A scar is formed when the skin’s natural healing process creates tension that causes a scar and scar tissue to form. Depending on the wound’s depth, the amount of tension, and the amount of scar tissue formed while it heals, the resulting scar can range from minimal to quite noticeable.
When scars are very noticeable, some people choose to have a scar revision procedure. Scar revision is surgery to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function, and corrects skin disfigurement caused by an injury, wound, or previous surgery.
embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy
A clinical trial of a device invented by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., has shown that a stress shield can help reduce the size of existing scars when used after scar-revision surgery.
The embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy post-surgical dressing features a pressure-sensitive adhesive that uses patented Active Stress-Shielding technology to deliver a consistent force to shield the scar from the tension created during the skin’s natural healing process, as well as tension from normal body movement. This assists in improving the appearance of scars.
As cuts and injuries heal, normal tension in the skin pulls the edges of the wound away from each other, which widens the scar as it forms. The device precisely pulls together the skin around the wound to reduce that tension at the injury site.
The embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy dressing is designed to be worn once per week for up to eight weeks, and when applied appropriately, can be worn during normal daily activities such as showering and exercising.
Feel Better About Your Body
In a clinical trial, surgeons performed scar revision by cutting out old scars on 10 patients and then placing the scar-reduction device over half of the incision. The other half was closed using traditional methods. After the study, patients were offered to have the traditionally revised section of the scar closed using either of the two methods so that the two sides matched.
Six months after surgery, photos of the two halves of the scar were compared by four independent surgeons who did not know which sides of the scars had been treated with embrace®. Using a visual scoring system, the judges determined that the scar on the side treated with the scar-reduction device was significantly smaller.
Extensive scarring can be more than a cosmetic problem. Scar tissue is much tougher than normal skin, making it less flexible. Many people feel their scars are unsightly, but scarring can also make certain movements and activities difficult or painful.
By employing these scar reduction methods, we can help you achieve the results you are looking for.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica today by calling by (703) 729-5553.