Scar Revision Risks Evaluated by Certified Expert | Awareness Campaign Launched
Scarring can take many forms, and there are several methods that a qualified surgical expert can use to reduce a scar’s visibility, with each method carrying different risks. Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole III, MD, FACS, Quadruple Board Certified Surgeon, has launched a new public awareness campaign that explains how each procedure works, and what risks they include.
More information about scar revision and Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-harvey-chip-cole-iii-md-facs-5a86649a
The newest awareness campaign from Dr. Chip Cole examines three distinct operations commonly used to reduce scarring: laser resurfacing, skin grafts, and injection of steroids or antimetabolites. Which operation a surgeon uses is determined by the location, size, and other details of the scar that is being treated.
Dr. Chip Cole specializes in laser resurfacing, and has become known for his national and international teaching lectures on the subject. The campaign explains that laser resurfacing is most often used for acne scars, and is the least invasive of the procedures available, with minor redness and swelling being the most commonly reported issue during recovery.
More recent research included in the campaign has also shown that laser resurfacing can treat both hypertrophic and keloid scarring. Though the initial research was done using a small study size, the results included no adverse reactions, while there were positive effects relating to scar thickness, pigment, and firmness.
Steroid or antimetabolite injection treatment is explained by Dr. Chip Cole as an effective way to break up the scar tissue over time, allowing a surgeon to remove it and close the wound. Unfortunately, the campaign explains that up to 50% of keloid scarring shows no response to this treatment, and the side effects can include skin atrophy and pain.
The last treatment option Dr. Chip Cole explains is the skin graft method, which involves surgically removing the scar tissue and replacing it with a skin graft taken from somewhere else on the patient’s body. This procedure is more commonly used to restore function to a scarred area than for cosmetic reasons.
Dr. Chip Cole has over 33 years and 33,000 completed surgeries’ worth of experience, and is known around the world as “The Eye Guy,” for his expertise in oculoplastic rejuvenation and reconstruction.
More information about the risks, benefits, and procedures used to revise scarring, as well as additional educational campaigns from Dr. Chip Cole can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-harvey-chip-cole-iii-md-facs-5a86649a
Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole III, MD, FACS, Quadruple Board Certified Surgeon
5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
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