About Scar Revision
An unavoidable injury or previous facial surgery can often leave undesired scars. For some people, a scar is an unwanted reminder of an old wound or some other issue that created a disruption to the skin. While some scars aren't a problem, certain scars are unsightly and unappealing. They may be too wide or too big, dark, bumpy, recessed, or raised. Based on where the scar is placed and its state, scar revision surgery can be performed to improve how it looks. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL facial plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia performs scar revision surgery at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery, which is an aesthetic procedure that aims to decrease the size and minimize your scar's appearance.
Types of Scars
There are several types of scars. The type you have can determine the best technique to address it. The most frequent scars Dr. Garcia sees are:
- Superficial Scars
The most subtle type of scars. Superficial scars don't cause any concerns besides a blemished appearance.
- Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are larger in size and may be painful. The skin surrounding the scar is typically discolored and grows past the borders of the original wound.
- Hypertrophic Scars
A hypertrophic scar may also be large in size. They may also be thicker and grow larger over time. However, hypertrophic scars don't usually grow past the original wound borders.
- Contracture Scars
A contracture scar is deemed more complicated as the scar develops across a larger section of skin. A burn is one example of a contracture scar. In many cases, the scar feels taut and also limits movement for some patients.
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Scar Revision Ideal Candidates
Anyone who has a scar that is unsightly, bothersome, or creates embarrassment and insecurity may want to learn more about scar revision surgery. It's critical that potential patients who are considering scar revision surgery understand that although this treatment is meant to improve the physical appearance of the scar and decrease its size, it won't make it disappear. The type of treatment chosen will be dependent on where the scar is, the type of scar, and the size, shape, and depth.
Scar Revision Surgical Technique
Scar revision surgery is performed at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in our on-site surgical suite. Dr. Garcia may employ local anesthesia or sedation based on the circumstances of the treatment. For bumpy or thick scars, a shave excision may be used to even out and level the scar. Scars that are raised and larger can typically be minimized with an oval incision, which excises the scar and part of the tissue surrounding the scar. The skin is then sutured with a new clean line. For scars that were created by improper healing, this may cause significant improvement. Bigger scars or contracture scars will often need a tissue expansion or skin graft so that the original scar can be excised, permitting healthy skin and tissue to be sutured together. For some patients, it isn't the shape or size of the scar that is the issue but the texture or color. There are several advanced treatments with lasers that may reduce the visibility and color of a scar, eliminating surgery. Lastly, if you have a depressed scar or it looks "pitted," Dr. Garcia can suggest a dermal filler treatment to produce a more even, natural complexion.
Each patient's needs are highly unique. Before creating a treatment plan, Dr. Garcia will assess your specific concerns and discuss with you the techniques he believes will yield the very best results.
What to Expect with Scar Revision
Following scar revision surgery, incision care is an important part of the recovery process. Dr. Roberto Garcia or a member of his staff can go over detailed instructions and tips to help you care for your wound so the revised scar is smaller, lighter, and thinner. Please remember that the scar will not be entirely eliminated; however, most well-performed scar revision procedures can lead to a softer, more natural complexion.
Scar Revision Frequently Asked Questions
How much does scar revision cost?
Scar revision surgery costs are calculated on a case by case basis since the size, severity, and location of a scar is unique to the patient. The total cost of your procedure will be determined during a consultation where your treatment plan will be created. Dr. Garcia is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly skilled in meticulous surgeries of this nature. Rest assured that the results he will provide will far outweigh the cost of the procedure.
Does scar revision eliminate the original scar?
Some form of the scar will remain following scar revision surgery. The goal is to significantly decrease the size and improve the appearance of the original scar. Dr. Garcia will take the time to close the incision in a manner that will allow for optimal healing, but post-surgical care is critical when it comes to scar revision. Patients who closely adhere to aftercare instructions will be pleased with the results of the revision.
Are there nonsurgical options for scar revision?
Some scars, such as those that are depressed and/or concave, may benefit from an injectable filler. To achieve improvement, the filler will be massaged into the needed areas following injection.
Can scar revision be combined with another procedure?
Skin rejuvenation procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing, can help to further improve scarred skin. Patients may also consider dermal fillers. During your consultation, tell Dr. Garcia that you are considering combining facial treatments so that he can recommend which procedures he believes will best help you achieve your goals.
Does scar revision hurt?
Since some form of anesthesia is used, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during treatment. After the procedure, you may feel sore, itchy, or experience some mild redness and swelling.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
When you have an unwanted facial scar that troubles you, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery has several treatments to make it less visible. After examining the shape, size, type, and depth of your scar, a revision plan can be developed to help decrease its appearance. Using surgical or nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Roberto Garcia will reshape the scar and surrounding skin for a more natural and normal appearance. Our office invites you to contact Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to schedule your consultation.