There are many options to help diminish the appearance of scars 

Surgical scar removal is one option for Charlotte, NC residents who have prominent scars they would like to make less noticeable. Though there is no way to remove a scar totally, the procedure can help diminish it, so patients feel more confident in their appearance. Surgical scar removal can help patients with significant scars, or scars that are discolored, raised, or depressed. 

Surgical scar removal doesn’t remove a scar, but creates a new one overtop the old one 

Scar revision, or surgical treatment of scars, doesn’t remove the old scar but creates a new one over the old one. The new scar is usually made with an incision that is made in a distinct pattern such as a zigzag. This pattern makes the scar blend into the area around it better. The doctor can also move the location of the scar slightly to put it in a location that is more easily hidden. 

Doctors can also treat discoloration of scars, such as scars that are red in color. Depressed scars, or scars that are indented, as well as raised scars,  can be treated surgically as well. Your surgeon will be able to advise what procedure would work best for you.  

Patients will not see their results right away 

Patients will experience some discomfort and swelling after their surgical scar removal procedure. Like all cuts, the incision will take a few weeks to heal, and the patient will need to be sure to keep the area clean and follow the doctor’s orders. Patients will be able to see their full results within a few months of surgery. 

Most patients will need to pay out of pocket for the procedure 

Many patients worry about the cost of surgical scar removal. Unfortunately, insurance does not usually cover the cost of the procedure or any effects that pop up later. The doctor will be able to give you a cost estimate following a consultation once the type of surgery you’ll have is decided. Even though insurance usually does not help cover the cost, it never hurts to ask so patients should still feel free to check in with their provider before surgery. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC patients considering scar removal surgery should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon and has focused his practice exclusively on the specialty since 1988. Dr. Freeman is also double board certified and works to help develop new techniques for scar removal to give patients the best results possible. Be sure to contact his office to set up an appointment today.