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SURGICAL SCAR REVISION

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Scar formed as a result of surgery or wound healing process affects the aesthetic appearance of a person. Accidental injuries or burn injuries are likely to cause prominent and noticeable scars. These scars thus become permanent features of your appearance and affect your confidence.

Surgical scar revision is a suitable option for you. It is advisable that one should wait till the scar matures before opting for surgery i.e. for a period of 4-6 months but the non surgical or non invasive treatment can be done as early as 2 weeks.

About Scar Revision

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The surgical scar revision process involves the modification of scars and making it less visible.
Using various techniques ranging from simple procedures to extensive complex procedures, scar revision surgery is an effective cosmetic procedure for minimizing the appearance of scars. The surgery can be performed on men and women of any age. Basic eligibility criteria require a physically healthy and preferably non-smoker candidate. So, if you are concerned about unpleasant scars from:

  • Major surgery
  • Burn injury
  • Skin problems such as acne

More About Scar Revision

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What are the different types of scars commonly treated by scar revision treatment?

·         Hypertrophic scars often result in thickening of the tissue that may become raised and discolored.

·         Keloid Scars are thickened scars that grow beyond the edges of the wound. These are results of overproduction of collagen during the wound healing process and often caused by burning or itching.

·         Contracture scars appear due to significant tissue loss, especially when the skin heals around an incision by tightening the skin.

·         Other surface scars include scars caused by accident, burns , depressed scars , Atrophic scars, hyperpigmented and hypopigmented scar.

·         These scars can only be treated with surgical revision with suitable technique depending on the scar's location and size.

What is the procedure involved in surgical scar revision?

Before surgery, you will have an initial consultation with your surgeon; who will evaluate your scars, take your medical history, and accordingly suggest the best treatment plan for you.

This surgery may be done under local or general anesthesia, to help you keep you comfortable during the procedure.

In a typical procedure, the surgeon removes scar tissue in the first step. Next healthy skin is used to cover the exposed part of the wound. Skin grafting techniques may also be used for correcting bigger scars.

Keloids scars are often treated by using steroids. They are injected into the tissue area for softening the scar.

The extensive surgery is required in case of wide scars or scars close to bone or joints. Herein the reconstructive approach can be carried out by using skin flaps.

These surgical approaches are often combined with other therapies such as Lasers ,dermal fillers, radiation therapy. In a few cases, additional surgery is required to attain the final result.

At La Midas, our expert team is focused on ensuring that you receive the best aesthetically pleasing result.

What to expect after surgery?

Post-surgery you may experience redness, tenderness, and swelling around the operated area. This is a temporary effect and will subside in 1-2 days. Depending on the extent of surgery, type of scar, and placement of scar (body part), the recovery period will vary for each patient. More time is required for more extensive procedures. With proper precautions taken in the healing period, one can enjoy the best cosmetic results of surgery.

Post-surgical care:

The final outcome of the surgery depends on the precautions taken during healing. Avoid smoking as it may hinder the body’s healing process. Follow a healthy diet plan and avoid sun exposure during the first week after surgery.

Scar Revision: Modification of Scars

The surgery can be performed on men and women of any age. Basic eligibility criteria require a physically healthy and preferably non-smoker candidate.

 

FAQ's

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Scar revision surgeries are often performed by plastic surgeons. Scars are the unavoidable result of injuries, disease, or surgery, and it is impossible to completely remove them. However, plastic surgery may improve how easily visible scars are. There are many different techniques in scar revision surgery.
The best candidates for Scar revsion is if the appearance or texture of the scar can be improved.
The scar from this procedure will usually be in the same location as previous scar. There may be times when the scar will be lengthened or altered to improve upon the scar.
Potential risks include bleeding, infection, seroma, pain, scarring, numbness, asymmetry, need for additional surgery. Dr. Sood will discuss these risks further during your consultation.
This procedure can usually be done as an outpatient. You will be sent home on pain medicine and antibiotics. Recovery time will depend on extent of scar revision.
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