Scar Revision/Repair

Scar Revision/Repair Overview

Scars, whether caused by surgery, injury or burns, can be disfiguring and stand out against the rest of the skin. Scar tissue is made of collagen cells, therefore they tend to look a different color and do not have hair follicles. The severity and look of a scar depends on the depth of the wound, how much blood flow the area has, and the color of the skin. People with darker skin tones tend to have more prominent, raised scars.

Cosmetic surgeons use several proven scar revision techniques to reduce the prominence of scars, including but not limited to collagen injections, dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. Collagen injections are used to fill in scars, dermabrasion is used to smooth the skin’s surface by removing layers of the skin and laser skin resurfacing works by using lasers to surface new skin.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Scar Revision, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Scar Revision/Repair

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Scar Revision will result in less prominent scars. Less prominent scars may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Scar Revision involves different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful Scar Revision. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their laser treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Scar Revision:

  • Is Scar Revision the right procedure for my situation?
  • How can Scar Revision change the look of my scars?
  • Can I repeat Scar Revision procedures if they do not meet my goals?
  • Do patients experience complications with this procedure?
  • Are there any "before and after" photos of recent patients?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgery will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, your surgery, your recovery and your result.

Scar Revision/Repair Recovery

Recovery depends on which scar revision technique was used. Overall, patients are expected to heal from scar revision procedures 7 to 14 days later. Keep in mind that healing depends on an individual’s healing response. You can expect your skin to look red, but this typically fades in about 2 months. Your surgeon can give you more information about which activities are restricted, such as swimming in pool water and exposure to sunlight.

Scar Revision/Repair Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Will I experience swelling or bruising?
  • What are the chances of infection?
  • Will incisions or laser leave scars?
  • Will I be experience numbness in the treated areas?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Scar Revision nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every medical treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Scar Revision/Repair

Results of collagen injections are not typically permanent. Dermabrasion can significantly reduce the appearance of scars, along with laser skin resurfacing. However, some treatments may require additional treatment over the course of months.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Scar Revision, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.