Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing and genetics may contribute to scars that are raised or recessed or different in color and texture resulting in scars that are particularly noticeable due to size, shape and location. Scar revision surgery is used when a patient wishes to minimize an old scar so that it is more consistent with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic appearance or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.
Treatment options include use of topical treatments or minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Patrick Swier will determine the best treatment option based on the scars type and location. Laser treatment can be used to make rough or elevated scars smoother and less visible by removing part of the upper layers of skin. Injecting steroids to reduce size can treat keloid or hypertrophic scars. If the scar is large, Dr. Patrick Swier can excise the old scar to create a new scar to create a more aesthetic result.
Good Candidates: Any male or female who has scars as a result of an injury, previous surgery or acne. Patients should be healthy and not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that would impair healing, should not smoke and have a positive outlook but realistic goals in mind.
Anesthesia: Depending on the type of procedure needed for improvement, scar revision can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Length of Procedure: Times for this procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on several factors such as size, type and location of the scar.
Length of Stay: The patient will typically go home the same day.
Discomfort: Minor swelling, soreness, bruising may occur depending on type of treatment performed but can be controlled with pain medications.
Recovery: It is very important to precisely follow post-op instructions given by Dr. Patrick Swier to ensure proper healing and exceptional results.
Final result: Improvement can be seen immediately but incisions will take several weeks to heal completely.
Duration of results: Typically results are permanent as long as the area heals properly.