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Treatments for Prominent Scars
Scar revision includes techniques that improve the appearance of an unsightly scar, regardless of its size, type or age. This is typically not covered by insurance carriers and is treated as a cosmetic procedure. Though scars can never be completely removed, the appearance of scarring can be greatly diminished.
Who Should Get Scar Revision?
The best candidates for scar revision are in good health and have realistic expectations.
Scar revision may be used to treat:
- Hyperpigmented scars
- Large or plainly visible scars
- Keloid scarring
- Raised scars
- Deep depression scars
After scar revision, the appearance of your scar should be greatly reduced. Scar revision can improve the size, shape and color of your scar. Multiple procedures may be needed to achieve optimal results.
There are several different techniques that can be used during your scar revision. During a consultation, we can discuss the best techniques and determine if you are a suitable candidate.
What to Expect During Your Scar Revision
Your scar revision may involve one or more of the following techniques:
Topical treatments (gels, creams, external compression) can treat mild scarring or changes in pigmentation. Injectable treatments like dermal fillers are best for filling in scar depressions. These treatment options can provide long-lasting improvements, however, they are not always permanent.
Surface treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser therapy and skin bleaching can improve skin tone and texture. More than one treatment may be needed to achieve optimal results.
Surgical scar revision is only used in more severe cases. Reconstructive techniques like Z-plasty, tissue expansion, or skin grafting replace a prominent scar with a less noticeable scar.
After Your Surgery
Scar revision recovery varies depending on the procedure you have elected. Topical and injectable treatments rarely require downtime. Surface treatments and surgical removal can require several days of recovery. You may experience some temporary bruising, swelling, or discomfort. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can be used to manage pain.
Topical and injectable treatments are likely to require sustained application to maintain results. The final results of surface treatments and surgical removal may not be visible for several weeks to months. It is important to protect the treatment area from direct sun exposure for several weeks. Additional details about your specific recovery will be discussed during your consultation.
Understanding the Risks of Scar Revision
All medical procedures carry a degree of risk and uncertainty, including scar revision. Potential complications include pain, infection, changes in sensitivity, and additional scarring. Some scar revisions are not covered by insurance and may require a cosmetic fee. This information and associated risks will be discussed in-depth during your consultation.
Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Consultation
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about scar revision, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation. Use the email form to send a question or call (919) 785-0505 and ask to speak with our nurses.