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Patients in Orange County ask, "Is scar revision or removal worth it?"

When the dermis is damaged, the body will form new collagen fibers to mend the damage. The result is a scar. Surgery, traumatic injury, or acne can leave unwanted scars. Fortunately, men and women in Orange County and beyond do not have to live with the reminders of acne, injuries, or past surgeries. Dr. Thuan Nguyen, a well-respected plastic surgeon, provides treatment to reduce the appearance of scars, or sometimes, remove them at The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Patients will often ask Dr. Nguyen, "Is scar revision or removal worth it?" Dr. Nguyen understands it is a personal choice, so he wants to ensure a patient is as informed as possible before making a decision. Therefore, he will review the types of scars that can develop and treatments available.

Types of scars

  • Discoloration and surface irregularities – These types of scars do not cause physical discomfort or impair function.
  • Hypertrophic scars – These clusters of scar tissue develop directly at a wound site and are often red and raised. They can be darker or lighter in color.
  • Keloids – These can be painful or itchy and can develop anywhere on the body. They often develop on the face, neck, ears, shoulders or chest.
  • Contractures – These scars restrict movement due to skin and underlying tissue that pull together during healing. They can develop after a burn when there is a large amount of tissue loss.

Types of treatments

The type of scar you have will help Dr. Nguyen determine the right treatment. Dr. Nguyen will examine the severity of your scar, its size, and the location of the scar. He provides many treatments including topical medications, minimal to non-invasive procedures, and surgical revision. In some cases, he may recommend combining treatments to achieve optimal results.

Exploring treatment

Patients will often attest that renewed confidence and improved appearance make scar revision or removal treatment worth it. Do you have a scar that bothers you? Dr. Nguyen would be happy to meet with you to discuss the treatment that can restore physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen by calling 714-421-4022.

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