Scars can range from minor and superficial to disfiguring or movement-restrictive. While there is no way to erase this natural outcome of the body’s wound healing process, a scar revision procedure can often make a scar considerably less conspicuous. This procedure can also improve scars that interfere with normal movement.
For a free consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua B. Hyman, call 212-517-5157. This initial consultation is an opportunity for you to share your concerns and learn about treatment options. Dr. Hyman will examine your scar and review your medical history to determine if a scar revision surgery is the safest and most effective way to achieve your goals.
Should I have a Scar Revision Procedure?
Dr. Hyman will consider several factors when assessing whether a scar revision procedure is right for you. Typically, he does not recommend surgery if it has been less than one year since your injury, as many scars fade significantly in that time.
Along with time, Dr. Hyman will consider the type of scar you wish to treat. Some types of scars, such as keloids, may respond better to alternative treatments, such as steroid injections. Scar revision surgery is often a good option for revising the following types of scars:
- Hypertrophic scars - Excess collagen at an injury site can cause these thick, raised scars that stay within the borders of the wound. The outgrowth consists of fibrous tissue. These scars typically develop within a few weeks of the injury and often fade naturally over time. Excision is an option for hypertrophic scars that do not improve on their own.
- Contractures – Burn injuries and scars over joints are common causes of scar contractures, which can impede your ability to move normally. In short, skin is lost due to the injury, and as the remaining skin heals, the skin tightens to an uncomfortable degree. Removal of the scar and placement of healthy tissue can be an effective way of treating contractures.
- Facial scars – Facial scars often cause self-consciousness. A scar revision procedure can often reduce the appearance of a facial scar through excision or tissue repositioning.
Scar Revision Surgery Procedure
Though everyone is different and surgery times vary based on the size, severity, and location of your scar, scar revision surgery generally takes one to two hours. To start, you will be given anesthesia. Depending on your treatment, local anesthesia may be adequate, or you may need both local anesthesia and sedation. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hyman will perform the revision and then place stitches and apply a dressing to the site.
Non-Surgical Scar Revision Options
Dr. Hyman may recommend non-surgical treatments to minimize the appearance of minor scars. Available options include:
- Dermabrasion – If you have fair skin, this precision scraping of the skin can improve the appearance of mild scarring.
- Morpheus8 – This radiofrequency (RF) treatment can reduce the appearance of acne scars.
- Soft-tissue fillers – Recessed facial scars can be improved with injectable dermal fillers like Restylane® and Juvéderm™. Results from fillers are temporary, so repeated treatment is necessary to maintain your desired look.
Schedule a Scar Treatment Consultation in Manhattan
To find out if scar revision surgery or another treatment can improve the appearance of your scar, call us at 212-517-5157 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hyman. We serve patients in the greater New York City area, including Manhattan.