Scar revision is a surgical procedure that minimizes the appearance of scar tissue. The appropriate procedure for improving the appearance of the scar is determined through evaluation of the characteristics of the scar, such as, the size, color, thickness, and location. No scar can be removed completely; however, the scar will become much less noticeable.
Nearly any type of scar, whether it has been caused by surgery, injury, acne, natural skin deformation or other abnormality may be treated.
Typically there are two reasons to seek scar revision:
In either case, scar revision procedures can help.
There are two primary surgical procedure types in scar revision, each with their own considerations. In either case, a thorough consultation is advised with Dr. Hess to find the most ideal scenario for your case.
Skin removal involves making an incision around the scar, removing the scar tissue, and re-attaching the skin around the scar. If the scar is large, a graft may be needed to take excess skin from elsewhere on the body and apply it where the scar tissue used to be.
Scar revision surgery generally has a minimal downtime for recovery. Extenuating circumstances in larger scars, or especially if a graft is necessary, may result in standard post surgical recovery, with swelling and soreness in the areas treated.
Once recovered, the new scar is typically narrower, smoother, softer, and more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.