About Scar Revision
Scars are a very common skin flaw and may be located on any area of the body. For some people, a scar is an unwanted reminder of an old wound or some other issue that created a disruption to the skin. While some scars aren't an issue, certain scars are unsightly and unappealing. They may be too wide or too big, dark, bumpy, recessed, or raised. Based on where the scar is located and its characteristics, scar revision surgery can be performed to improve how it looks. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin is pleased to offer scar revision surgery at Martin Plastic Surgery to decrease the size and unsightly appearance of your scars. If you have an unappealing scar that is causing you discomfort or anxiety, call our Dothan, AL office today to learn more about scar revision. Dr. Martin will be happy to sit down with you to discuss all the benefits of this surgery and how it can help you.
Types of Scars
There are various types of scars that range from size, color, and location. The type of scar you have will determine the surgical technique used to address your concerns. The most frequent scars Dr. Martin sees are:
- Superficial Scars
The most subtle type of scars. Superficial scars don't cause any concerns besides a blemished appearance.
- Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are larger in size and may be painful. The skin surrounding the scar is typically discolored and extends past the borders of the original wound.
- Hypertrophic Scars
A hypertrophic scar may also be large. They tend to be thicker and grow in time, but hypertrophic scars don't typically extend past the original wound borders.
- Contracture Scars
A contracture scar is deemed more complicated as the scar develops across a greater section of skin. A burn is one example of a contracture scar. In many cases, the scar feels tight and also impairs movement for some patients.
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Men, women, and children who have a scar that is unsightly, bothersome, or creates insecurity and embarrassment may consider scar revision surgery. It's critical for candidates at Martin Plastic Surgery who get scar revision surgery to understand that although this treatment does improve the physical appearance of the scar and decrease its size, it won't be able to make it completely disappear. The type of procedure performed will be based on where the scar is, the type of scar, the size, depth, and shape.
Dr. Martin may use a local or general anesthesia on the complexity of the case. During most scar revisions, the scar is removed and the skin is then re-sutured with a clean, thin line. For scars that exist due to improper healing, this may be a big improvement. Larger scars or contracture scars will often require a more extensive procedure for correction.
What to Expect
Following a scar revision treatment, incision care is an important aspect of the healing process. Dr. Justin Martin or a member of his staff can provide detailed instructions to help you care for your wound so the revised scar is smaller, thinner, and lighter. As mentioned, the scar cannot be completely erased; however, most well-performed scar revision treatments can lead to a softer, more natural complexion.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it 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 we can provide an estimated cost of your procedure. We also accept many payment options and we offer several financing options.
What about scarring?
Post-surgery care is critical when it comes to scar revision. Patients must adhere to 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 can take up to a year or more to see the final results.
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. During the procedure, the filler will be injected into the skin through a syringe. Dr. Martin may manipulate the outside of the skin to help shape the surface accordingly.
Can this be combined with another procedure?
Yes. Typically, treatments will include a dermal filler or if you are concerned about other skin issues such as moles or lesions, these can be removed at this time as well. During your initial meeting with Dr. Martin, it’s important that you discuss all your concerns so he can help address your cosmetic needs with a customized treatment plan.
Does it hurt?
Since some form of anesthesia is used, patients typically experience little to no discomfort during treatment. After the procedure, patients may feel sore, itchy, or experience some mild redness and swelling.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $500 - $3,700
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- Post-op Follow-up
- two weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
When you have an unsightly scar that troubles you, Martin Plastic Surgery has numerous options to make it less noticeable. After examining the shape, size, type, and depth of your scar, a revision treatment plan can be developed to help minimize its appearance. Using surgical or nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Martin will transform the scar and surrounding skin for a more natural and normal appearance. Our office invites you to contact Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL to schedule your scar consultation.