Doctors Edward Buckingham and Erin Smith offer Scar Repair solutions for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Scars may result from injury, acne or previous surgery related to excision of benign or malignant tumors. Dr. Buckingham has years of experience in the refinement of scars. Depending on the type of configuration to the scar, various techniques would be recommended including surgery to reorient and conceal the scar, and various laser and cutaneous resurfacing techniques.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation utilizing the assistance of computerized digital imaging.
What is scar repair?
Scar repair refers to various techniques which may be used to camouflage scars resulting from injury, acne or prior surgery. These techniques may include surgery to conceal or reorient the scar, laser therapy, and cutaneous resurfacing techniques.
Who is the best candidate for scar repair?
Candidates for scar repair are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for the improvement of a scar that may have occurred from injury, surgery or acne. It’s important that patients understand that most scars cannot be completely removed and that the goal of scar repair procedures is often to minimize the scar’s appearance. A private patient consultation with Dr. Buckingham is the best way to determine if a scar repair procedure is right for you.
What can I expect during a consultation for scar repair?
During your consultation for scar repair, Dr. Buckingham will meet with you and perform a complete facial analysis. He will closely examine your scar to determine the best procedure for your specific case. Dr. Buckingham will also be sure to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about the scar repair procedure.
Where are scar repair procedures performed?
Scar repair procedures are often performed in the office setting or at an outpatient surgical center depending on the particular procedure that is performed.
What is the recovery like after scar repair procedures?
The recovery after a scar repair procedure will depend upon the particular procedure that is performed. Some amount of swelling and bruising may occur after surgical procedures while laser treatments may result in redness and mild swelling. Patients should plan on decreased activity for some period of time.
What type of anesthesia is used for scar repair procedures?
The form of anesthesia required for your scar repair procedure will depend on the particular technique that is used. It can vary from local in the office to general anesthesia in the outpatient surgery center.
How much time will I need to take off from work after my scar repair procedure?
The length of your recovery after a scar repair procedure will depend upon the particular procedure that is performed. In general, however, you can expect about one to two weeks of recovery before returning to work after your scar repair procedure.