Scars can have a big impact on a person’s appearance- scar revision surgery can help

Scar revision surgery is a way to make scars look less noticeable on Charlotte, NC patients. Scars, big and small, can have a significant impact on how a person looks. Scar revision is a surgical procedure in which the appearance of a scar is reduced. It is important to note that scars can not be totally removed, they can only be made less noticeable. If you have a scar from an injury, previous surgery, or another wound that you are self conscious about, scar revision may be able to help. 

Scar revision creates a new scar to cover the old one 

Patients who are wanting to reduce the appearance of their scars may find it odd to think that scar revision creates a new scar. However, that is exactly what the procedure does. During scar revision, surgeons will make a new incision, often in a zigzag pattern to mask the old scar as this pattern typically blends into the face more. Doctors may also move the scar over to a less prominent area such as the hairline.   

This method works best on long, large scars that are rather prominent. Patients looking to reduce the appearance of smaller, fine scars may find another procedure will work better for them. Scar revision is a long lasting solution for patients, so they will generally not need to pay for repeat procedures.  

It can take several months before patients see the final results of the procedure 

Patients will need a few weeks to heal from scar revision. Immediately following surgery patients will experience swelling of the area, discoloration of skin, and some discomfort around the incision area. This typically fades within one to two weeks as the skin starts to heal. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for caring for the area to ensure the best results.  

Patients may hope to see the results of their scar revision procedure right away. Unfortunately, though it starts to heal within a few weeks, it can take several months for patients to see the final results of their procedure.  

There are nonsurgical options available as well 

If you are interested in diminishing the appearance of scars but don’t feel scar revision is the best option for you, there are some nonsurgical ways to improve the appearance of scars. Laser resurfacing and injections are other methods of treating scars. Your doctor will be able to determine if any of these options are right for you. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC residents who are interested in scar revision should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman has vast experience treating scars and even has published works about best techniques for diminishing scars. Be sure to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and see if scar revision is right for you.