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When physicians discuss a scar revision, they are talking about a cosmetic surgery that is used to return the skin to its natural appearance. This is a surgical procedure that is employed after either a traumatic injury, major surgery, or other wound has left a deep scar in the skin that patients might want revised.
A scar revision surgery can also be used if a prior scar revision surgery did not deliver the desired results. There are multiple types of scars that might vary from the natural skin in regards to elevation, texture, tone, or color. This procedure can be used to revise the scar in a number of situations to bring the skin back to its natural look.
Did You Know?
Scars develop via fibrosis when there has been a traumatic injury to the skin. While this scar might be the result of trauma or the result of surgery, the wound healing process is actually the same. The scar tissue is the body’s response to this injury in an attempt to both close the gap and reinforce the area to prevent the body from experiencing repeated injury at that sight. Therefore, a scar is actually a completely normal response the injury.
What Kind of Scars can be Revised?
This is a common question and the answer is that all scars are candidates for potential scar revision. Types of scars include childhood scars from injuries on the playground, scars left in traumatic accidents, and even scars that result from surgical procedures. While scars might vary in their length or texture, every scar is a candidate for revision. With this in mind, this doesn’t guarantee that the results of every revision surgery will be fully restored to its native state and every potential surgery is handled on a case by case basis.
How Is a Scar Revision Procedure Performed?
There are a variety of ways that a scar revision procedure is carried out and every method is discussed on an individual patient basis. Options include topical treatments, minimally invasive surgery procedures, and a complete surgical revision with full wound closure. All of these options will be reviewed with the patient and the patient and surgeon will work together to find the best surgical option to meet the needs of the scar. Factors will include the scar type, size, and location as well as the patient’s overall health.
What is the Recovery Period Like?
The recovery period will vary depending on the type of surgical procedure performed; however, it is normal to have some soreness of swelling after the procedure. Be sure to follow the instructions provided by your plastic surgeon following your procedure, taking particular care to follow any medication instructions.
For more information regarding this procedure, you may contact our office. Our doctor has extensive experience revising a variety of scars. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!