Smoothing out physical reminders
A scar can be a visible and persistent memory of an injury or surgery you experienced. In some cases, these scars heal well, leaving a faint line which is difficult to detect. Other scars, however, do not fare as well in the healing process, which may prompt you to consider revision surgery for a more aesthetically pleasing result. Scar revision aims to match the colour and texture of a scar to the skin around it, making it significantly less visible.
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These types of scars generally respond well to scar revision surgery:
These scars form directly around the wound site and are characterised by thick collections of tissue. They are often red in colour and protrude above the skin’s surface. Hypertrophic scars can expand over time and become painful in some cases.
Similar to hypertrophic scars in their clusters of tissue that protrude above the surface of the skin, keloid scars can grow very large and unsightly, extending beyond the boundaries of the wound. These scars frequently appear on the face, neck, ears and chest.
Contractures commonly appear after a burn or other injury that results in significant tissue loss. The scar will pull the skin inward, resulting in a concave appearance in some cases. Contractures can restrict movement, particularly when they are very large and located near a joint.
Acne scars vary greatly in appearance, and may be of the ice-pick, box car, atrophic, rolling or other types. Treatment is generally with CO2 laser resurfacing in combination with injection of depressed scars and possible excision of more prominent scars.
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In some cases, the scar will be most reduced through surgical scar revision. During this procedure, incisions are made along the scar to remove the thick scar tissue and create a more uniform appearance to the skin. Other treatments for scar revision might include injectable treatments to fill in depressed scars, or skin resurfacing procedures (such as CO2 Laser) to smooth the skin’s surface and make a scar less noticeable. Dr Gerarchi will be able to recommend the most effective treatment option for your specific needs in order to achieve the best cosmetic result upon consultation.
Your scar revision journey
Scar revision surgery is commonly performed under local anaesthesia, though larger or more complex scar revisions may be performed under a general anaesthetic. Skin resurfacing may also require anaesthesia or a topical numbing cream, while injectable treatments can generally be performed without any type of preparation beforehand. Depending on the specific technique used, a few minutes or a few hours may be spent treating a scar revision case.
You will be able to return home immediately following scar revision and in some cases, you may even return to work or other activities immediately. Swelling and bruising are common, but will subside after a few days. In the case of resurfacing or injectable treatments, post-procedure redness will be evident, but it is not long-lasting. There is typically no need for prescription medications after scar revision, since any discomfort you might experience can generally be easily managed with over-the-counter products.
After your procedure
You will likely see almost immediate results from your scar revision treatment, although the treatment area will continue to look better as the area heals fully.
In most cases, scar revision is permanent. Some keloid scars have a high recurrence rate and may require more than one treatment to achieve full results.
You do not have to live with unsightly scars that serve as constant reminders of past injuries or surgeries. Scar revision procedures offer better results than ever before, giving you improved self-confidence and peace of mind. To find out which scar revision treatment is the right choice for you, contact a friendly member of our team today.