Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified Wound Care Physician on Staten Island provides insight into an effective scar treatment option
STATEN ISLAND. N.Y. – A scar is a permanent patch of skin that grows over a wound. It forms when your body heals after a cut, scrape, burn, sore, or skin condition, such as acne.
“When someone’s skin is cut – due to an accident or surgery – it’s impossible for the original skin to return during the natural healing process,” says Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified Wound Care Physician Michael J. Lacqua, M.D.
“It’s a simple fact of life that scar tissue replaces the injured skin. What a scar may look like, however, and how noticeable it is will vary for a variety of reasons,” Dr. Lacqua says.
THINGS THAT IMPACT A SCAR’S APPEARANCE
The look of a scar may be influenced by such factors as:
- Size and depth of the wound
- Location of the wound
- Healing time
- Person’s age
- Inherited tendency to scar
“Generally, patients with fair complexions, blonde hair and blue eyes tend to develop scars that are redder and sometimes raised compared to patients with more olive complexions, dark hair and dark eyes,” Dr. Lacqua says.
Scars usually fade over time but never go away completely, he explains.
Various treatments might minimize the look of a scar, such as dermabrasion, laser treatments, injections, chemical peels, creams – and surgical revision, which is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.
Scar revision surgery involves altering the appearance of a scar by lessening – as best as possible – the pronounced contrast between the scar and composition of the adjacent skin.
When considering scar revision surgery, the surgeon and patient should have a mutual appreciation of the expectation.
“It’s important for the patient to realize the scar will still be there following surgery, while the bothersome characteristics of the scar will be improved or completely resolved,” Dr. Lacqua says.
THE CHOICE OF SCAR REVISION SURGERY
Most patients seeking scar revision surgery at Dr. Lacqua’s New York practice, which includes offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn, do so for three reasons:
- They are unhappy about the scar’s appearance.
- The scar is itchy or painful.
- The location of the scar interferes with their body’s function; for example, an eyelid scar may cause problems with vision, or a finger scar may cause problems with motion of the finger.
Although a scar remains following the surgical procedure, a patient’s concerns about a scar that is raised; depressed; wide; painful and itchy, or debilitating – are commonly diminished or eliminated, Dr. Lacqua says. Before heading for revision surgery, however, he often suggests the patient wait until the scar is at least eight to 10 months old.
“As time passes, the scar may naturally improve in appearance, shape and color – making revision unnecessary in some cases,” Dr. Lacqua explains.
There are some circumstances, though, when waiting may not be in the patient’s best interest, he says.
“If the scar is causing pain or itching that cannot be tolerated by the patient, or if it is causing a functional problem, it’s often better not to wait several months before intervening,” Dr. Lacqua says.
To find out more about scar revision surgery and learn if the procedure is a viable option for you, contact the Staten Island or Brooklyn offices of Michael J. Lacqua, M.D., to schedule a consultation: 718-761-3700.
ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF MICHAEL J. LACQUA, M.D.
Staten Island-based Michael J. Lacqua, M.D., is a preeminent plastic/reconstructive surgeon, hand surgeon and board certified wound care expert. Dr. Lacqua’s practice administers experienced, round-the-clock plastic surgery response to hand injuries and injuries requiring stitches – throughout Staten Island and the Southwest corridor of Brooklyn.
Treatment and surgical procedures following an accident are performed in either of Dr. Lacqua’s two offices (Staten Island, or Bay Ridge, Brooklyn), or at a local hospital.
Helping diminish the financial angst of those dealing with a sudden injury, the surgical practice works in tandem with patients and their insurance companies with a goal of providing optimum care with little or no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.
CONTACT DR. LACQUA
24-Hour Telephone: 718-761-3700
Dr. Lacqua’s offices are located at:
- 2372 Victory Boulevard; Staten Island, NY 10314
- 9602 4th Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 112009
On the Web: www.drmichaeljlacqua.com