Scar revision is a procedure that aims to reduce the appearance of scars by making them blend in with surrounding skin. It minimizes pigmentation, disfiguration, and other unsightly issues that come with scar formation, leaving the scarred area less conspicuous with improved uniformity in facial skin tone and texture.
Reasons to undergo scar revision
Scars come in different shapes and sizes. They also vary in texture and depth. Whatever type of scar a person may have, such skin irregularities can negatively affect the aesthetic quality of the skin. Certain scars, such as contractures, can also restrict skin movement, causing specific functional issues, particularly when located near the eyes or lips. Undergoing scar revision can improve the following:
- Skin discoloration from scarring
- Hypertrophic scars
- Irregularities in skin texture
Scars can be improved through topical creams or minimally invasive treatments such as fillers and skin resurfacing, but may also require surgical revision in more severe cases. Successful scar revision can help give patients increased self-confidence and improve the quality of their lives.
What are the benefits of scar revision?
Scar revision minimizes the appearance of unsightly skin irregularities for a smoother and brighter complexion. In some cases, scar revision can also improve the functional capabilities of certain facial features affected by the scarred area. Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with nearly a decade of success in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He provides a fully tailored treatment plan for each patient to ensure pleasing, natural-looking results. The benefits of undergoing scar revision can include:
- Improved skin quality
- Restored functionality of affected areas
- Enhanced quality of life
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
The initial consultation
Even with something as minimally invasive as scar revision, a consultation is critical in allowing Dr. Sedgh to work with you and align your goals and expectations.
During this meeting, Dr. Sedgh will listen to what you hope to achieve before explaining the methods and techniques involved in the procedure. He will always do the following steps as part of your consultation:
- Conduct a thorough physical examination
- Interview you on your medical history and lifestyle
- Discuss your options
- Provide the best treatment plan for your specific case
Three ways to improve a scar
The procedure will vary depending on the degree of alteration needed for each specific scar. Factors taken into consideration are the scar type, size, depth, pigmentation, texture, and location. Typically, a combination of techniques is used to achieve the best possible outcome.
There are three ways to improve the appearance of a scar:
- Topical treatment
- Minimally invasive procedures involving fillers or resurfacing modalities such as laser, chemical peel, or dermabrasion
- A surgical scar revision procedure
Surgical scar revision procedure
In more severe cases, surgical treatments may be needed for maximum results; these involve incisions and sutures. There are a variety of advanced scar revision techniques for different types of scars, including layered closure, complex flap closure, and W-plasty or Z-plasty.
Tissue expansion or skin grafts may also be used in cases where there is not enough healthy tissue for the closure of scar excisions, such as with severe burn scars.
Discomfort, swelling, or discoloration may be present for one to two weeks following the procedure. It will take several weeks for the scar to heal completely, but you can expect to see gradual improvements in the quality and color of the scarred skin throughout this period.
If performed in conjunction with surface treatments such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or dermabrasion, increased skin sensitivity can occur.
You must avoid sun exposure during recovery, as this can affect the healing process. You will be prescribed specific aftercare instructions, medications, and topical ointments to foster optimum healing.
Comfort & Transparency From Start To Finish
When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.