What is a Scar Revision Surgery?
A very common skin issue, scars can be located on most areas of the body. In some cases, a scar is a reminder of an old wound; for others, an issue that caused a disruption to the skin. While some scars are not a worry, certain scars are unsightly and unappealing. They can be too big or too wide, dark, bumpy, raised, or recessed. Based on where the scar is located and its state, scar revision surgery can be needed to improve its appearance. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz offers scar revision surgery at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This cosmetic procedure aims to decrease the size and fix your scar's appearance.
What Types of Scars are There?
The type of scar you have can dictate the eligible surgical options to treat it. The most common scars Dr. Hanz treats are:
- Superficial Scars
A subtle type of scar that does not cause any concerns other than an unsightly appearance.
- Keloid Scars
Typically bigger in size, these scars can be painful. The skin around the scar is typically discolored and grows beyond the borders of where the wound once existed.
- Hypertrophic Scars
This scar, which can be pretty big, may become thicker and get larger in time. These scars do not usually grow past the original wound borders.
- Contracture Scars
A contracture scar is usually more complicated since the scar develops across a greater section of skin. These are raised scars that go beyond the injury.
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"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
Am I a Good Match for Scar Revision?
Men, women, and children who have an unsightly or bothersome scar that creates self-consciousness, insecurity, or pain may want to learn more about scar revision treatment. It's important for you to understand that while this treatment can improve the physical appearance of the scar and decrease its size, it won't make it fully disappear. The type of procedure selected will be based on where your scar is located, the type of scar, and the depth, shape, and size. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz is dedicated to helping you rid or reduce your scar at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
How Will You Perform my Scar Revision?
Dr. Hanz will employ a local anesthesia or sedation, depending on the extent of the treatment. For scars that were caused by improper healing, scar revision can cause a big improvement. Bigger scars or contracture scars will often require a tissue expansion or skin graft so that the old scar can be removed, allowing healthy skin and tissue to be sewn together. For some patients, it is not the shape or size of the scar that is bothersome but the color or texture. There are several, advanced, noninvasive laser treatments that may lessen the color and visibility of a scar without a surgical procedure. Finally, if you have a depressed scar or it looks "pitted," Dr. Hanz may recommend a filler treatment to create a more natural, even complexion.
What Can I Expect After My Scar Revision?
After a scar revision treatment, wound care is an important component of the post-treatment process to give you the end results you desire. Dr. Kevin Hanz or a member of his staff will provide very specific instructions on how you should take care of your incision so the revised scar is lighter, smaller, and thinner. Please remember that the scar will not be fully removed; however, most scar revision treatments can lead to a natural, softer complexion. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will set up realistic expectations for your scar revision from the beginning, but if you have any questions about what to expect after your surgery, Dr. Hanz or a member of his team will be available to answer any questions!
Frequently Asked Questions about Scar Revision
How much will my scar revision cost?
The cost of your procedure relies on a variety of factors, including the area being treated, the type of scar, and the size of the scar. During your consultation, Dr. Hanz can provide an estimated cost of your procedure and will work with you to create a treatment plan that works with your budget. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery accepts many payments and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Does scar revision eliminate my original scar?
Post-surgery care is critical when it comes to scar revision. Patients must adhere to the medications and proper wound care to promote better healing of the new wound resulting in a less visible scar. Although a scar will still exist on the site, patients note a significant improvement. It usually takes six months or longer for optimal results.
Are there nonsurgical options for scar revision?
Scars that are depressed or concave may benefit from an injectable filler. There are a wide variety of fillers on the cosmetic market that may be considered. In the case a nonsurgical option would better suit you, Dr. Hanz will work with you to make a nonsurgical plan.
Can I combine scar revision with another procedure?
Scar revision can be combined with a dermal filler or laser skin resurfacing. Laser treatments are especially ideal if you are concerned about other skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation or rough skin texture. During your initial meeting with Dr. Hanz, it’s important that you discuss all your concerns with him so he can help address your cosmetic needs with a customized treatment plan.
Does scar revision hurt?
Since some form of anesthesia is used, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during treatment. After the procedure, you may feel sore, itchy, or experience some mild redness and swelling. Dr. Hanz will set you up with ideal after-treatment solutions.
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
When you have an unwanted scar that bothers you, Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has several treatments to make it less obvious. After assessing the shape, size, type, and depth of your scar, a revision plan will be developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz to help improve its appearance. Using surgical or nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Hanz will reshape the scar area and skin around it for a more natural and normal appearance. We invite you to call to schedule your scar consultation.