Enhance Your Appearance and Confidence
Scar revision is a surgical or non-surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of a scar,
making it less noticeable or more cosmetically appealing. It is typically performed by plastic
surgeons or dermatologists and can address scars resulting from injuries, surgeries, burns, or
other skin conditions. Here’s some information about scar revision:
Scar revision can be used for various types of scars, including hypertrophic scars
(raised and red), keloid scars (raised and extending beyond the original injury), atrophic scars
(depressed or sunken), and contracture scars (resulting from burns, causing tightness and limiting
- Topical Treatments: These include the use of silicone gels or sheets, which can help flatten and soften scars.
- Laser Therapy: Laser treatments, such as fractional laser therapy, can reduce the redness and texture of scars.
- Steroid Injections: For hypertrophic and keloid scars, steroid injections can help reduce their size and redness.
- Surgical Revision: This involves removing the old scar tissue and re-closing the wound with precise techniques to minimize the appearance of the scar. This may include techniques like Z-plasty or W-plasty rearrange the scar and make it less obvious.
- Dermabrasion and Micro-needling: These procedures can be used to resurface the skin and improve the texture of scars.
- Fillers: For atrophic scars, dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid can be used to raise the depressed area and make the scar less noticeable.
Timing & Preparation
Scar revision can be performed at different stages of scar development. It can be done shortly after the initial injury (primary closure) or after the scar has matured (secondary closure).
Before undergoing scar revision, it’s essential to consult with a Plastic Surgeon who will assess the scar’s characteristics, discuss your expectations, and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.
Results & Risks
As with any surgical or medical procedure, there are risks involved, such as infection, scarring, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It’s essential to discuss these risks with your healthcare provider before proceeding.
Scar revision can significantly improve the appearance of a scar, but it may not completely eliminate it. The final results can take several months to a year to fully mature.
The cost of scar revision can vary widely depending on the type of procedure, the extent of scarring, and your location. If you’re considering scar revision, schedule a consultation with a board-certified.