What is Scar Revision?
Scar revision is completed to improve the appearance of an existing scar. Unfortunately, scars are an inevitable result of the healing process. Poor healing may produce scars that are unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well may produce a scar that affects your appearance. Your scar may be raised, depressed, a different color from surrounding skin, or distinguishable because of size, shape, or location.
Who may benefit from scar revision?
Scar revision surgery from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery can help minimize your scar so it is more consistent with surrounding skin.
Scar revision from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery may be right for you if:
- You have a bothersome scar.
- You are physically healthy.
- You do not smoke.
- You do not have skin diseases or acne in the treatment area.
Complications from Scar Revision
As with any procedure there are risks. Fortunately, with Scar Revision, these risks are minimal. These include but are not limited to:
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Delayed healing
- Anesthesia risks
- Change in skin sensation
- Damage to deeper structures including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs can occur and may be temporary or permanent
- Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration and swelling
- Skin sensitivity
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Pain, which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery or staged procedures
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery topic “Scar Revision”
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.