Scar revision surgery can minimise the visibility of unsightly scars by making the area more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
Following an injury or surgery, it’s common for a scar to remain as a visible reminder of the healed wound, sometimes with less than ideal aesthetic results. Through scar revision surgery it’s possible to improve the appearance of these scars.
While scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process, unfortunately their development can be somewhat unpredictable, and in some cases can be a source of embarrassment or distress.
The techniques required, and the outcomes which can be expected from scar revision surgery differ depending on the type of scar being treated. You can find out more about the types of scars below.
It is important to bear in mind that a scar cannot be completely erased, however, through scar revision, Dr Carmen Munteanu can provide a more pleasing aesthetic result.
Discolouration and surface irregularity scars –
These scars do not impair function or cause bodily discomfort. They include acne scars as well as scars subsequent from a slight injury and previous surgical incisions.
Hypertrophic scars –
These scars are dense groups of scar tissue which grow at a wound site. They are frequently elevated, red and/or uncomfortable, and they may become broader over time. They can be hyperpigmented (darker in colour) or hypopigmented (lighter in colour).
These scars are bigger than hypertrophic scars. They can be tender or itchy and may also wrinkle. Keloids spread outside the borders of a unique wound or incision. They can occur anywhere on your body, but frequently develop where there is slight underlying fatty tissue, such as on the breasts or shoulders.
These scars limit movement due to skin and underlying tissues which tug simultaneously throughout recovery. They arise when there is a great quantity of tissue damage, such as after a burn. Contractures also shape where a wound marks a joint, limiting movement of the fingers, elbows, knees, or neck.
Although scar revision can deliver a more pleasant aesthetic outcome or improve a scar which has healed inadequately, a scar cannot be entirely removed.
It is possible for scar revision surgery to be performed using only a local anaesthetic, but sedation or general anaesthetic may be required to ensure your comfort if your scarring is more significant. We recommend having an adult who can drive you and stay with you for the first night following your procedure.
In the first few weeks following your scar revision, it is possible that you may experience localised swelling, discolouration and discomfort. Over the coming weeks as the new scar heals, it should begin to refine and fade.
Dr Carmen will provide you with in-depth and personalised instructions for caring for the surgical site following your scar revision surgery; this can include medications to take orally or apply to the site to aid healing, as well as a follow-up consultation time. It’s important to ensure the surgical site is not subjected to excessive force or motion during the healing time, and it’s best to avoid sun exposure. Please be sure to follow the instructions you are provided with to ensure a quality result.
How to get the best outcome from your scar revision procedure.
While scar revision surgery can help to provide a more aesthetically pleasing result, it is important to bear in mind that it is not possible for a scar to be completely erased.
Dr Carmen’s team will provide you with a personalised fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and whether you want to stay in hospital. An approximate fee range for your scar revision surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.
At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the day surgery or hospital fees.
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At your pre-operative consultation, Dr Carmen Munteanu will listen to your desired outcomes and conduct an examination of your scar, before advising of your options and her recommended course of treatment.
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If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr Carmen at this time.
Risks and Complications of Scar Revision Surgery
Surgical Risks and possible complications of your surgery will be discussed in detail with you at the consultation with Dr Carmen
Dr Carmen has 25 years of expertise in breast & tummy surgery as well as excess skin removal for weight-loss patients. Her favourite surgery is Breast Reduction. She also has significant experience in using fat transfer & fat grafting processes to the breast for augmentation and enhancement.
Dr Carmen is a FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon – she is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
She is a precise surgeon and customises her surgery procedures and placement of surgical incision lines for each patient to get the best outcomes.
Caring and engaging, Dr Carmen is highly regarded by her peers and patients.
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