Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Poor healing may contribute to scars that are obvious, unsightly or disfiguring. Even a wound that heals well can result in a scar that affects your appearance. Scars may be raised or recessed, different in color or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location.
Your treatment options may vary based on the type and degree of scarring and can include:
Simple topical treatments
Minimally invasive procedures
Surgical revision with advanced techniques in wound closure
Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.
Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, a scar cannot be completely erased.
Body Scar Revision Los Angeles is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Scar revision can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if:
You are bothered by a scar anywhere on your body
You are physically healthy
You do not smoke
You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your scar revision surgery
You do not have active acne or other skin diseases in the area to be treated
Scar Revision is normally performed under general anesthetic, although some patients elect to have the procedure done under local anesthetic.
Scar Revision can take from one to four hours to complete.
You will be examined by a physician and undergo blood work testing to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. You should stop taking aspirin , or any anti-flammitory drugs.
You will be given a prescription to antibiotics and painkillers, which you should fill before your surgery so that you have them easily available on day of surgery and your driver and/or caregiver is not running around to drugstores on the day of your surgery.
A friend or family member must bring you to the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our Patient Care Coordinator will greet you and photos will be taken of the treatment areas, so that you will be able to compare the results to another set of photos that will be taken after you have fully recovered from the surgery.
Following the surgery, bandages will be placed on your scar revision.
Your surgeon will call you once you are safely home, to see how you are doing and to make sure you are recovering normally.
The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort and may take 1 to 2 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade. With dermabrasion, chemical peel or laser resurfacing, you will experience similar conditions at the treated area, in addition to overall sensitivity.
The final results of your scar revision surgery will be long-lasting, however it may take several months for your final results to become apparent and in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade.
Like all surgery, they are always risks. Typical Scar Revision risks include: bleeding (hematoma), infection, delayed healing, anesthesia risks, change in skin sensation, damage to deeper structures including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs can occur and may be temporary or permanent, allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents, skin contour irregularities, skin discoloration and swelling, skin sensitivity, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, pain, which may persists, possibility of revisional surgery or staged procedures.
Once you are deemed a good candidate for Scar Revision, your Plastic Surgeon will discuss the risks in detail with you during your initial consultation.
Costs are based on the unique needs of the patient. In general, the costs are calculated based on the number of areas being treated. Your Patient Care Coordinator will discuss the cost of your Scar Revision surgery and the payment options available to you.