A surgical procedure to revise and reduce the visibility of unsightly or serious scars.
SCAR REVISION SURGERY
Scars are the visible signs that are left once a wound has healed, but unfortunately these unavoidable marks can sometimes develop in an unpredictable way and leave the patient of injury or surgery with unsightly, disfiguring and obvious marks. Scars have different qualities and differ in shape and size, while some appear raised and others depressed.
The type and degree of a scar usually determine the most effective treatment and sometimes it’s possible to treat scars through minimally invasive laser procedures, injections or topical treatments. In extreme cases however, the only way to correct a scar is through a tiny surgical procedure.
Your Surgeon would know the best treatment for the scar you’d like to minimize. For the deeper, complex and more prominent scars they might recommend a Z-plasty. During this type of scar revision procedure an incision is made on either side of the scar to create angled skin flaps. These will then be repositioned to change the direction of the scar tissue, interrupt scar tension, and make the scar less visible. Your surgeon might also remove the scar through excision and will close it up neatly when done.
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Scars occur naturally when a wound is being repaired. When the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is damaged then the normal skin is replaced by an area of fibrous tissue and a scar is produced. Scars can often fade with time, but in some instances a permanent mark can stay behind.
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Local anaesthesia can be administered to numb the area that the surgeon will be performing the procedure on. Though you may still feel pressure and perhaps even some mild, dull pain, no sharp pain will be experienced during surgery.
Scar revision is generally performed on patients of all ages who are bothered by scars on their body, are physically healthy and have realistic gaols about the scar revision surgery. The exact type of scar will determine whether other methods or Z-plasty is best suited to revise the scar and your Surgeon will be able to make a recommendation on treatment during your consultation.
Keloids come with their own set of complications. The doctor has to be sure they won’t return more aggressively before proceeding with surgical procedures and they might recommend an alternative treatment around your keloid scars.
A combination of treatments are sometimes used to effectively treat a scar and the Surgeon might try some of these before proceeding to surgery. Topical treatments like gels and external compression can treat surface scars or aid recovery after revision. Injectable treatments can fill some scars up and steroid injections can reduce collagen formation. A Range of surface treatments and laser therapies can also be effective.
The chosen procedure will have a set of associated risks and it is important to ensure you understand these before proceeding with surgery. Some of these potential risks could include bleeding, infection, pain or numbness.
After your procedure, it is common and completely normal to experience varying degrees of pain. Bruising may persist for three weeks. The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discolouration or discomfort and 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.