Scar Revision Surgery in Melbourne Victoria
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.
Types of Scars
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.
The Scar Revision procedure
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.
Recovery after Scar Revision Surgery
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.
Results of Scar Revision Surgery
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.
Further Reading – medical references
- ASPS USA Article on Scar Revision Surgery
- Burns & Trauma- Surgery for scar revision and reduction: from primary closure to flap surgery
- Clinical Procedures- Scar Revision
- American Society of Plastic Surgeon- Scar Revision: Minimize a Scar
- Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery- Surgical Scar Revision: An Overview
How much is Scar Revision Surgery? – Surgery Costs & Hospital Fees
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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Planning for your surgery
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.
Find out more about your patient journey.
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 Munteanu – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Carmen Munteanu MD. FRACS (Plas) is a very skilled and compassionate Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
She is one of Melbourne’s most experienced and sought-after female Plastic Surgeons specialising in aesthetic breast surgery and body contouring. That includes Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Implant Surgery and Body Surgery.
With over 25 years of surgical experience in Plastic Surgery, Dr Carmen firmly believes that a good surgeon is first a good doctor. She will always take into consideration all the health aspects and personal circumstances of each patient.
A dedicated Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Carmen is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.
Always Do Your Research
- Download our Procedure Guides to find out more about your surgery
- Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure
Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Carmen?
- A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
- Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
- Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Referral
Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Carmen – Carparking is available on site in Mitcham
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
Want more information before scheduling your consultation?
- Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Carmen
- You can book your initial consultation with Dr Carmen Munteanu by paying the $275 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.
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