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Any “injury” to the skin that goes deep enough will produce a scar. This may be the result of trauma such as a laceration or very deep abrasion, burns or even elective as a necessary consequence of surgery. It is usually only when these are very perceptible that people will call them scars and contemplate addressing their appearance.

Scar revision is the generic term for the surgical approach that is aimed at improving the appearance of these scars and possibly also removing their untoward functional effects. The procedure can improve aesthetics and function but despite the misconception held by many, it will not make the scars disappear in their entirety. Once a scar, always a scar.

Scars can be wide, depressed, elevated, dark, and painful and even affect function such as causing a contracture at a joint. In its most common form, a scar revision would then entail the total or partial excision of the affected area and precise closure of the created defect possibly along with some ancillary techniques. Depending on the multiple factors such as size, location, complexity, health status and age, the procedure may be performed using a local anesthetic, sedation or even general anesthesia.

I see and treat a tremendous number of patients in my practice who present with a wide spectrum of undesirable scars. These include run of the mill wide or elevated scars, thick and symptomatic hypertrophic scars, keloids and burn scars. The improvements in appearance following scar revision can be quite dramatic and satisfying.

If you have any questions regarding scar revision, treatment of burn scars or keloids or any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or if you would like to schedule a consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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