Are there any treatments available to remove or reduce an unsightly scalp skin graft scar? (photos)
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Unsightly scar f scalp after skin grafting
1. Loss of volume due to full thickness scalp excision
2. Different quality of the grafted skin
1. Tissue expansions: Silicon devices will be placed under the scalp surrounding the scar and fluid expanded once a week for 3-6 weeks until enough tissue is requited.
2. Removal of the expanders and the skin graft ,advancement of the requited tissue and surgical closure which will leave linear scars.
Cons: This is a long proces associated with discomfort.Two surgical procedures will be needed. If the insurance does not cover this it will be expensive.
1.Stem cells enriched micro fat grafts- limited availability in US due to restrictions imposed by FDA
2.Undermining of the scar and micro fat grafting.
Pros: less invasive, can be a single procedure. Will correct the volume loss and will improve the quality of the grafted skin especially with stem cells enriched micro fat grafts.
David Evdokimow MD