Scar Revision is an inherent risk when it comes to any surgery involving an incision. While every measure is taken to avoid post-operative scar issues, there are rare instances when it is just unavoidable. At our office, we offer scar revision treatment options to help correct any unsightly scars for a more confident you!
Scar Revision Treatment Options
There are a number of techniques and treatments that can be used to help revise the appearance of scarring. These may include:
Topical Treatments: May include gels, tapes, or external compression which can help with wound closure and healing.
Injectable Treatments: Dermal fillers can be used to fill depressed or concave scars.
Surface Treatments: They can soften the surface irregularities and reduce uneven pigmentation and may include laser treatments or chemical peels.
The three most common reasons a scar revision is needed included:
Hyperpigmentation - If the scar has a smooth texture, thin, and presents darker pigmentation, we offer a prescription skin lightener with Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, and Retina. We may also recommend laser treatment for further improvement.
Keloids: Depending on the size of the keloid, we may suggest a series of Kenalog injections and/or laser treatments. If the keloid has stretched the scar, we may excise it and use prophylactic steroid injections every 6 weeks for 4 months.
Hypertrophic Scarring - Excise the scar followed by re-suturing. Patients will be instructed to wear tape over the incision site for 3 months followed by switching over to using scar cream.
Hypopigmentation - Medical Tattooing.
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If you feel a scar revision is needed, please contact our office to see if you are a candidate for one of the options mentioned above. We may ask for you to send us a picture of the incision so Joseph T Cruise, MD can provide his initial recommendation.
How should I prepare for my scar revision procedure?
There is not much preparation needed prior to a scar revision, but it is helpful to avoid smoking and medications such as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs known to increase bleeding. It is also a good idea to avoid fish oil.
What can I expect during scar revision recovery?
During recovery you may experience swelling, discoloration, or discomfort which make last for 1-2 weeks, depending on your treatment. Healing will continue for several weeks as your scar heals and fades.
Are the results of my scar revision treatment permanent?
Yes, the final results of your scar revision surgery will be long-lasting. However, it may take a couple of months up to one year for the full result to be visible. Keep in mind, many scars continue to improve over time.
Are there any risks involved with scar revision?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with scar revision. These may include bleeding, delayed healing, infection, change in skin sensation, or allergies to tape, sutures, injected agents, or tools. This can be discussed during your consultation appointment.