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.
Scar revision surgery makes it possible to minimise their visibility by making the area more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
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
Discoloration 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.
Preparing for scar revision 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.
If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr Carmen at this time.
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 and after care
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 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.
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