Scar revision can reduce or remove unsightly scars that can affect a person’s self-confidence in their appearance.
- Downtime: Varies, depending on procedure used
- Pain Level: Depends on procedure used
- Results Duration: Permanent in most cases
Scars left behind from injury, illness, or surgery
Mild redness, bruising, swelling, and soreness, depending on the treatment used
Can be used on nearly any area of the face and body
A series of treatments may be needed to achieve an optimal outcome
Depends on the specific procedure – laser, surgical, cryotherapy, injections, topical treatments
Topical or local anesthesia may be used prior to this treatment
Reduction or elimination of residual scarring
Results visible once skin heals after final treatment session
After our skin is injured, the body begins the healing process by creating a scar. In some cases, scars can become noticeable enough to affect a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem. In rarer cases, scars can impact the function of a limb.
Fortunately, there are numerous options in scar revision that allow your plastic surgeon to customize treatment to the precise needs and desired outcome of each of his patients. From topical treatments to surgical procedures, your surgeon will personalize your procedure to ensure the best possible results from your scar revision. Customization is the key to any successful plastic surgery procedure.
What types of scars does scar revision treat?
A keloid is a type of scar that protrudes above the skin’s surface, forming an external growth. They mostly develop on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They rarely develop on the face, but can sometimes form on the jaw-line. Typically they look like an elevated section of skin with an irregular shape that is flat and has a pink or purple color to it.
Keloids typically appear after surgery, but they can also appear from slight irritation on the skin from an acne pimple on the chest or other minor injuries like burns and piercings. Keloids can also start to form sometime after the injury and extend beyond the initial wound site. If untreated, they can also become itchy and tender to the touch.
Hypertrophic scars also form during the scarring process and are thick like keloids, but are different in that they stay within the region of the initial injury. They are also redder in color and usually subside on their own over time. However, this process can take up to a year. Your surgeon may recommend waiting to seek treatment on these types of scars for the first year, since they can resolve effectively without treatment.
What are the Options in Scar RevisioN?
There are several methods of removing keloids including:
- Steroid injections
- Laser devices
- Silicone sheets
- Cryotherapy (freezing the keloid with liquid nitrogen)
After examination, your surgeon can explain to you which method is ideal in your situation. The goal is to personalize your treatment to ensure a safe procedure, an excellent cosmetic outcome, and a low risk the scar will form again.
When Will I See Results?
Some treatments will require multiple sessions to achieve an optimal outcome. You should see your results once your skin fully heals after your final appointment.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Patients usually return to their daily routine immediately following treatment or the next day. Mild swelling and skin redness are common, but should not keep you from your usual activities.
Real Patients Before and After photos
Laser Treatment to Remove Scars on a Woman’s Hand
Laser Treatment for the Removal of a Facial Scar
Laser Treatment to Remove a Scar on the Leg
Questions and Answers
Q: When Should Scar Revision Be Performed?
A: Scars can continue to change and improve for up to one year. At that time, you may begin to consider scar revision. Best results tend to appear when the scar is treated soon after that window. However, depending on the type and severity of the scar, you may see positive results when treating even older scars.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: That depends on what we are treating. Surgical treatments typically achieve the desired result in a single treatment. Lasers and cryotherapy may take more than one session to eliminate the scar completely.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: In most cases, scar revision produces permanent results. However, keloids are the one type of scar that can grow back. It is important to work with a doctor who is very experienced in treating keloids to ensure the best possible result.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects will depend on the type of treatment performed. Some procedures, such as lasers and cryotherapy, have few side effects and little to no downtime. Others may involve some post-treatment care, as well as pain, tenderness, and bruising before the treatment area is fully healed.
Q: Am I A Good Candidate For Scar Revision Treatment?
A: If you have a scar that is affecting your self-confidence in your appearance or your function in some way, scar revision may be the right choice for you. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman for an in-person assessment and treatment recommendations.
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