Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. Scarring can happen as the result of an injury or surgery, and their development is unpredictable. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Enhancing your appearance with scar revision surgery can minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture. Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.
Is scar revision right for you?
Scar revision is an individualized procedure and can be performed at any age. It might be a good option for you if:
- You are bothered by a scar anywhere on your body.
- You are physically healthy.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your scar revision surgery.
- You do not have active acne or other skin diseases in the area to be treated.
How is scar revision surgery performed?
The degree of improvement that can be achieved with scar revision depends upon the severity of your scarring as well as the type, size and location of the scar. At your consultation our plastic surgeon Dr. William Reynolds may recommend a combination of scar revision techniques to achieve the best results. During the surgical procedure, local anesthetics are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. For deeper scars, an incision is needed to surgically remove the old scar.
What about recovery?
You may have localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort that may take 1 to 2 weeks to resolve. Healing will continue for several weeks, and as the new scar heals, it will slowly refine and fade. It may take several months for your final results to become apparent, and in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee, and in some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
How much will scar revision surgery cost?
In most cases, this is considered elective surgery. Most health insurance plans will not cover scar revision surgery or another surgery to revise the appearance of your scar. You must carefully review your health insurance plan and contact your insurance company to inquire about coverage.
The cost for scar revision is varied and is based on the size of the scar and the location on the body. A consultation with our plastic surgeon Dr. William Reynolds allows you to know your options and the cost of the procedure. The consultation will be applied towards your surgery fee.