Scar Revision

You Don’t Have to Let Your Scars Define You

Scar revision is a surgical procedure that minimizes the appearance of scar tissue. Through techniques personalized to your specific needs, a scar revision procedure can help you regain a more normal appearance, soften scar tissue to improve mobility, and help you regain greater confidence in your appearance after injury, illness, or prior surgery.

“Dr. Hess is talented, professional and extremely nice. There is nothing I can think of that could have improved my experience.” Actual Patient

As a board certified plastic surgeon staff surgeon at INOVA Hospitals Fair Oaks Hospitals, Dr. Christopher Hess has extensive and specific training in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face and body.

Who can benefit from a scar revision procedure?

Typically there are two reasons to seek scar revision:

  • Unattractive scar tissue
  • Scars that constrict the functionality of any part of the body

Nearly any type of scar, whether it has been caused by surgery, injury, acne, natural skin deformation or other abnormality may be treated. No scar can be removed completely; however, the scar will become much less noticeable.

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. 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.

Skin Removal and Grafts

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 Recovery and Results

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.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hess

If you would like to learn more about your options for minimizing the appearance of scars on the face or body, contact us at Hess Plastic Surgery to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hess.

Call 703.752.6608 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hess.
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