A scar revision is the process by which a prominent scar is made less prominent. It’s. not possible to remove the scar but it can be made less noticeable through plastic surgery. Techniques that can be used include dermabrasion to the surface of the scar, cutting the scar out and reorientating it, using fat to improve the contour.
The best candidates for scar revision are those committed to obtaining an improvement. Daily massage of the scar, using a dermaroller on the scar and patience are all important in achieving the best result.
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.
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.
You will need to be seen within a week after surgery. From there we will determine when you need to be seen again.
Most patients are able to return to work within a few days, depending on the extent of scar revision.
Most activities of daily living can be resumed within a couple of days. It is important to get up and move around within a day of surgery to help decrease the chance of developing a blood clot.