Scar revision surgery

Scar revision surgery is essentially an operation to improve the cosmetic appearance of a scar. In rare cases, scars may be painful or overly sensitive and scar revision surgery is also indicated in these circumstances.

When skin has been injured the body initially reacts with bleeding which when clotted binds the wound together to prepare for longer term healing of the area. Over the initial weeks the body produces fibrous tissue known as scar tissue which in many cases looks very different from the surrounding skin.

In many cases, our bodies remodel this scar tissue over several months to look similar to the skin. However, in some cases the scar may widen or thicken and in others may remain a very different colour.

Unfortunately, there is no reliable way of predicting how scars are going to heal. The normal healing process of the skin follows the same process irrespective of the initial injury which may be due to:

  • Previous surgeries
  • Burns
  • Lacerations

In cases where scars are a cosmetic problem, our experienced plastics team at Circle Health can offer scar revision surgery.

At a pre-operative assessment clinic, our expert plastic surgeons will carefully listen to your concerns and examine the nature of your scar in question. This will include the size, shape, orientation and location of the scar as well as the colour and texture of the surrounding skin. This will enable the most appropriate surgical technique to be planned.

Depending on the exact nature of the scar being revised, these procedures are normally performed under local anaesthetic rather than general anaesthesia.

During this surgery, the specialist carefully excises the scar and stitches the scar in a way that leaves a far less visible mark. In some cases, the specialist may reorient the scar to lie in a less conspicuous position such as a skin fold.

In the vast majority of cases scars are not able to be eliminated to the human eye altogether. However, with a combination of careful planning and surgical skill, scar revision surgery can significantly improve the appearance of many scars.

To get the best possible results, your specialist will cover your wound with the most appropriate taping and dressings and wound coverings will be removed at the optimum time following surgery. You may be asked to massage the new surgical scar with specialised cream as it remodels.

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