Dr. Trey Sands is experienced in reconstructive surgery for patients who require surgical correction of scars, trauma, burns, and after skin cancer treatments. These carefully performed procedures can restore skin functionality, appearance, and self-confidence.
How are Reconstructive Surgery and Scar Revision Performed?
The techniques used to perform reconstructive surgery and scar revision differ depending on the area, size, and condition of the damaged area. Dr. Sands uses multiple methods, including:
- Tissue expansion: Tissue expansion can be ideal for more extensive scars. This treatment involves stretching the surrounding skin and tissue with a balloon-like device, called a tissue expander, under the skin near the scar. Over time, the expander is gradually filled with saline solution, which causes the skin and tissue to stretch and grow.
- Skin grafts: Skin can be grafted from a healthy body area and transferred to cover a damaged face or body area.
- Local flaps: A local flap stretches the nearby skin to cover the scarred area.
- Surgical excision: This approach involves removing the scar tissue and closing the area to reduce the appearance and visibility of a scar.
- Punch excision: This procedure involves using a small circular blade to remove the scar tissue and then closing the treated area with stitches.
- Laser resurfacing: This involves using a laser to remove the top layer of skin and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
- Chemical peels: This involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove the top layer of skin to trigger new skin cell production.