These days there are a number of options available to reduce the appearance of scars. These include topical products and minimally- or non-invasive treatments, such as injections and Fraxel lasers. Scar revision surgery is sometimes required for the treatment and diminishing of bigger scars.
What is scar revision surgery?
Unfortunately, scars can never be completely erased. But this type of surgery is aimed at making scarring less visible and the skin smoother. There are several ways that scar revision surgery can be performed, depending on the matter being addressed:
- Skin graft – This requires removing a section of skin from another part of the body and using it to conceal the affected area.
- Skin flap – More specialized than conventional skin grafts, doctors remove deep layers of tissue that can improve a scar’s appearance once healed.
- Z-plasty – This is a way of changing the shape, position or direction of a scar by making a new incision – which is particularly helpful to those with uncomfortable contracture scars.
The most significant types of scar revision surgery are a) scar removal surgery which requires the removal of the entire scar and b) partial scar removal. Scar removal can result in a bigger scar being left behind, but they are often neater and less prone to tension.
What to expect from scar revision?
The recovery period post-surgery generally takes around two weeks however has a lot to do with the skin quality of the patient. During this time, patients can expect some discoloration, swelling and tenderness. It can take up to five months to fully heal and to see the final results.
Set up your appointment with a dermatologist today!
If you have scars that you want minimized or removed, make an appointment and find a clinician or location near you that offers scar revision.