Scar revision surgery is performed to minimize a scar so that it’s less noticeable and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture. A scar is a visible indication of a wound that has healed and is the inevitable result of an injury or surgery and their development is often unpredictable. Scars may be noticeable due to their size, shape, or location; they may be raised or depressed and often differ in color or texture from the healthy tissue surrounding it. A wound that didn’t heal well can contribute to unsightly scarring and even a wound that does heal well can result in a scar. A scar revision can provide an improved cosmetic result or even improve a scar that has healed poorly, but a scar cannot be completely eliminated.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SCAR REVISION?
- A nonsmoker
- Someone who is physically healthy and has a positive outlook and realistic expectations/goals for scar revision surgery.
- Someone who is bothered by a scar anywhere on your body
- Someone who does not have active acne or any other skin diseases in the area to be treated
Depending upon the size, location, and severity of the scar, you may be a candidate for topical treatments, or injectable treatments, surface treatments like dermabrasion, laser therapy, chemical peels, or skin bleaching agents.
If the scar is deep and an incision is needed to surgically remove the old scar, there are several choices available for performing a surgical scar revision ranging from an in-office procedure using a local anesthetic, to an outpatient or hospital setting using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Clark will recommend the best choice for you.
During your consultation Dr. Clark will discuss with you why you want the surgery, and what your expectations and desired outcome are. He will examine your scar in detail and discuss his recommended course of treatment.
Dr. Clark is an active member of two prestigious professional societies for board-certified plastic surgeons: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Click here to review the educational material from the ASPS.
Click here to review the educational material from the ASAPS.
You will see what to expect and find several helpful tips for recovery.