About Scar Revision
A very common skin imperfection, scars can be located anywhere on the body and/or face. In some cases, a scar is a reminder of a wound that once existed or another condition that caused a disruption to the skin’s surface. While most scars are not a problem, some scars are unappealing and unsightly. They may be too big or too wide, bumpy, dark, raised, or recessed. Depending on where the scar is located and its condition, scar inprovement may require laser treatment, injections, or possibly, revision surgery may be needed to improve its appearance. Newburyport, MA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor offers many different scar treatments at RiverSong Plastic Surgery. These are elective treatments that work to reduce the size and improve the appearance of your scar.
Types of Scars
There are several types of scars. The type you have can dictate the best technique to address it. The most common scars Dr. Sasmor treats are:
- Superficial Scars
These are the subtlest type of scars. They do not cause any issue other than an unsightly appearance.
- Keloid Scars
These scars are more noticeable in size and can be sometimes painful. The skin around the scar tends to be discolored and reaches beyond the edges of where the wound once existed.
- Hypertrophic Scars
This type of scar can also be large in size. They may become thicker and grow bigger over time; however, they do not commonly expand beyond the wound site.
- Contracture Scars
This type of scar is considered more complex as it forms over a larger area of skin. A burn is an example of this type of scar. Many times a contracture scar feels tight or restricts movement in some patients.
Adults or children who have a scar that is bothersome, unsightly, or causes self-consciousness and insecurity may be good candidates for scar revision treatment. It is important for patients at RiverSong Plastic Surgery who undergo scar revision to be aware that while this treatment is meant to improve the appearance of the scar and reduce its size, treatments may not make the scar fully disappear. The type of treatment selected will be contingent on where your scar is located, the type of scar, and the size, shape, and depth.
Treatment to revise scars may be performed in the office or in the hospital operating room if necessary. Dr. Sasmor will use a local anesthetic or sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure. Once Dr. Sasmor has evaluated your scar and understands your goal, she will discuss all the different options that will address your specific problem/concerns.
What to Expect
After a scar revision procedure, wound care is the most important component of the post-treatment process. Dr. Sasmor or a member of her staff will give very specific instructions and suggestions to help you take care of your incision so that the new scar is smaller, lighter, and thinner. The goal of scar revision is to create a natural, softer appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does scar revision cost?
The cost of your procedure relies on a variety of factors, including the area being treated, the type of scar, and the size of the scar. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor can provide an estimated cost of your procedure. RiverSong Plastic Surgery accepts many payments and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Does scar revision eliminate the original scar?
Sometimes the original scar is completley removed, and sometimes the scar itself is treated with a specific treatment to encourge the scar to soften and flatten.Post-treatment care is critical when it comes to scar revision. Patients must adhere to the medications and proper wound care to promote better healing of the new wound resulting in a less visible scar. Although a scar will still exist on the site, patients note a significant improvement. It usually takes between four-six months and longer for optimal results.
Are there nonsurgical options for scar revision?
There are many nonsurgical treatment for scars. Laser treatments and injections may help depending on the characteristics of the scar. Ocassionally, scars that are depressed or concave may benefit from an injectable filler. There are a wide variety of fillers on the cosmetic market that may be considered. Dr. Sasmor will discuss all your options at your consultation.
Can scar revision be combined with another procedure?
Scar revision can be combined with a dermal filler or laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments are especially ideal if you are concerned about other skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation or rough skin texture. During your initial meeting with Dr. Sasmor, it’s important that you discuss all your concerns so she can help address your cosmetic needs with a customized treatment plan.
Does scar revision hurt?
Since some form of anesthesia is used, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during treatment. After the procedure, you may feel sore, itchy, or experience some mild redness and swelling.
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
If you have an unattractive scar that bothers you, RiverSong Plastic Surgery offers many procedures to make it less obvious. After assessing the size, shape, depth, and type of scar you have, a revision treatment will be created to help improve its appearance. Using surgical and nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Sasmor will adjust the scar area and skin around it for a more normal and natural appearance. We invite you to call RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA to schedule your scar assessment and consultation.