Minimize a Scar
Scar revision surgery will attempt to minimize a scar so that it is less conspicuous and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
The degree of improvement that can be achieved with scar revision will depend on the severity of your scarring, and the type, size and location of the scar. In some cases, a single technique may provide significant improvement. However, our plastic surgeons may recommend a combination of scar revision techniques to achieve the best results. This procedure can often be done in the office under local anesthesia but a consultation is needed to determine which anesthesia method will be best.
What is scar revision?
Scar revision is a plastic surgery performed to improve the condition or appearance of a scar anywhere on your body. A scar revision will also restore function, and corrects skin changes (disfigurement) caused by an injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery.
The different types of scars include:
The type of scar you have will determine the appropriate techniques your plastic surgeon will use to improve your scar.
What are the steps of a scar revision procedure?
What should I expect during my scar revision recovery?
- Progress and healing
The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort and may take 1 to 2 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade. With dermabrasion, chemical peel or laser resurfacing, you will experience similar conditions at the treated area, in addition to overall sensitivity.
- The results will be long-lasting
The final results of your scar revision surgery will be long-lasting, however it may take several months for your final results to become apparent and in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there are no guarantees; and in some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
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