Scar Revisions



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Overview

Scar revision surgery minimizes the appearance of a scar, by making it more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture. Scar revision cannot completely erase the appearance of a scar, but it can make it less noticeable. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.

Benefits

  • Improve appearance and self esteem

Candidates

All patients with an unsightly scar may consider scar revision. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.

Recovery

Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed. Some bruising and swelling are expected but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks.

All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in scar revision surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.

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