Scar revision surgery improves and/or diminishes the appearance of your scar(s). It can restore function and correct skin changes caused by an injury, wound, or a previous surgery. Although it is impossible to completely remove any scar, the appearance of the scan can be dramatically enhanced by utilizing the latest in surgical technology.
Scar revision is often performed as a simple office-based procedure or in some cases as an outpatient procedure in the hospital. Surgical procedures may involve local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia, depending upon the type and complexity of the surgery. Some scars can be treated with one or more less invasive techniques such as surface and injectable treatments, while deep scars may require surgical excision, tissue expansion and/or skin grafting techniques.
After your procedure, bandages or dressings will be applied to keep the treatment site clean and specific instructions will be provided on caring for your incisions. The initial healing phase after your surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration, or discomfort, which may take 1-2 weeks to subside. You should avoid any activity that places undue stress on the incision area. The length of your recovery period will depend on the type, degree, and location of the scar. The healing process will continue for several weeks, and as the new scar heals, it will slowly fade and become increasingly inconspicuous. You should avoid exposure to the sun for several months after treatment, and will be advised to use a sunblock or wound dressing (such as a Band-Aid) when out in the sun, because exposing the scar to the sun may cause it to permanently tan and become discolored.
As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.