Frequently Asked Questions
What is dermabrasion and thin skin grafting (patch) technique?
The principle of this treatment procedure is to remove the 50-150 micron top skin layer of the area of the scars, in such a way as to include the normal skin between the scars, by means of laser or dermabrasion devices, and to cover the application area with very thin skin patches of 0.2-0.3 mm taken from thighs or other conceivable areas. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the area to be treated.
Is it possible to completely remove self harm scars?
Since the skin patch covers camouflages the color difference between the underlying self harm scar and the normal skin, the self harm scars do not be seen as separate scars, and that area looks in only one color, which is a little bit different from the surrounding normal skin. The difference of color tone between the surgical site and the normal skin is more noticeable in the first months, but as from the 6th month, it gradually decreases, and after a year, it looks almost normal that it can be noticed only when viewed carefully.
How long should I stay in Istanbul-Turkey after surgery?
You and your companion will stay one night at the hospital. The day after the surgery you will transfer to your hotel and come back to hospital 4 days later for the first control. After the first control, if there is no any general or local complication, you will be able to fly back to your home. If you wish to see the surgery sites totally healed, then you should stay 2 weeks total at İstanbul.
Do you help arranging accommodation in Istanbul-Turkey?
You yourself should organize your flights.
We organize your hotel and transfers.
When should I arrive to Istanbul-Turkey?
You should arrive to Istanbul-Turkey at least one day before the operation date.
How long after the surgery should the bandage be removed?
At the first control (4 days after the surgery), the splint, the bandage and skin staplers over the skin patch will be removed and a thin bandage will be applied again. The skin graft donor area will not be opened.
You will open the bandage on your operated arm 1 week after the first control. You will open the skin graft donor site (thigh region) 10 days after the first control (2 weeks after the surgery) (it will heal spontaneously). After this 2-week surgery and healing period, you will use a tubular bandage and some ointments for nearly one year.
How long does it take for skin to fade into final color?
The operated areas will take their final shape and color tone nearly 1 year (6 months – 2 years).