Scar Revision Providence
Who is a candidate? If you have wide, thick, depressed, or unsightly scars.
Intended results: A scar that is less noticeable (flatter, thinner, smoother, etc.).
- Scar revisions are usually done under local anesthesia. If the scars are large or if the patient prefers, the procedure may be done under sedation.
- The old scar is removed, and one of several plastic surgery techniques is used to repair the incision. The technique will be used that will allow the best chance of obtaining an improved or excellent scar.
Recuperation and healing: Scar revisions are almost always done on an outpatient basis. Postoperative pain is usually minimal. Sutures are usually removed in 4-6 days for the face and in 7-10 days for other parts of the body. The new scar will initially be red. Fading occurs within 6-24 months depending on the scar ’s location.
Other options: Additional procedures that will enhance the result are: Z-plasty (a surgical method of releasing tight or contracted scars), Dermabrasion (sanding of the skin to minimize surface irregularities), and Laser skin resurfacing.
Insurance guidelines: If the injury causing the scar was covered by insurance, scar revision may also be covered. Our office will assist you in making that determination.
Note: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.