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Plastic Surgery

Scar Revision

What is Scar Revision?

The goal of scar revision surgery is to minimize the appearance of a scar by making it more consistent with your natural skin tone and skin texture. Although this procedure may help reduce the appearance of a scar, no scar can be completely removed.

Who is a good candidate for Scar Revision?

Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Talk to your surgeon about your goals and expectations for this procedure.

Patients should have a realistic expectation for this surgery, and should have no active skin diseases or conditions in the area to be treated.

How is this procedure performed?

You will be put under general anethesia. Your surgeon may use topical treatments, such as gels, tapes or external compression to assist in the wound-closing process. Injectable treatments may be used to fill concave scars with results lasting from three months to several years when used alongside injection therapy. Surface treatment options include treatments such as dermabrasion, laser therapy, chemical peels, and skin bleaching medications. Deeper scars may require an incision in order to be removed surgically.

Depending on the nature of the scar, your surgeon may close your incision using layered closure. The first closure will be made below the skin surface and the final closure will be that of the remaining surface wound. Talk to your USF Health plastic surgeon about more complex closure options like pharmaceutical tissue substitute (if you don't have enough health tissue for closure) and tissue expansion.


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