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Is scar revision surgery safe?

Is scar revision surgery safe?

Yes: Assuming you are in good health and your surgeon is properly trained working in a safe facility. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Please help! What happens in scar revision surgery?

Please help! What happens in scar revision surgery?

Scar revision: Generally, a hypertrophic (thick) scar is excised. This means that it is removed by cutting it out with a scalpel. The dermis (deep skin) this then repaired in layers. This keeps tension off of the superficial skin and should help to improve the width and quality of the scar. Post surgical therapy with silicone strips or other topical creams may also be helpful ...Read more

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What does scar revision surgery do?

What does scar revision surgery do?

Scar revision: Scar revision removes an existing scar and places a new fine line like scar that is less noticeable. It can be done in one session but sometimes needs several sessions. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for scar revision surgery?

What is the recovery time for scar revision surgery?

Months: Most scars are durably healed in 4-6 weeks. But studies have shown the average time for complete scar maturation (become soft, pale, and flat) is 7 months. Some individuals with genetic tendencies for hypertrophic scarring will take 1-2 years or more for their scars to settle down. Keloid-formers (also genetic) may have ongoing scar thickening and widening, which is why keloids are hard to treat. ...Read more

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What type of anaesthia does a scar revision surgery for an appendectomy scar require? Local or general?

What type of anaesthia does a scar revision surgery for an appendectomy scar require? Local or general?

Local if cooperative: If the idea of having the revision perfromed under local sounds ok to you, it will probably be ok with your surgeon too. If you don't like the idea, or can't sit still, then general anesthesia can be used. ...Read more

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Will dermatop cream work on hypertrophic scars after scar revision surgery?

Will dermatop cream work on hypertrophic scars after scar revision surgery?

Cream for scars: Cortisone creams are often used to treat scars. You should have your scar evaluated by a dermatologist to see if this cream will help. ...Read more

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How much does scar revision surgery cost?

Size and lasers: Depends on size or length of the scar and also what type of lasers are used. Many different types of lasers and combination of multiple lasers together are used to treat scars. ...Read more

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My facial scars on either side are unsightly. Should I go in for a scar revision surgery?

My facial scars on either side are unsightly. Should I go in for a scar revision surgery?

Facial scars: It completely depends on the scar. Some scars from surgery or injury may be improved by fractional laser treatments and/or bbl treatments for excess pigment. Acne scars can also be treated this way or with devices such as ematrix or through subcision. Sometimes wide, jagged, deep, or unsightly scars require scar revision (cut out scar & resew in more cosmetic fashion). See a plastic surgeon! ...Read more

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How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

Scars heal in a year: The healing process is pretty uniform for the first 6 to 12 weeks. After that there are ways to improve the appearance of a heal;ing scar. Pressue on the scar has been shown to decrease the risk of scars raising up above the normal skin. Medications can be injected into the scar and in severe scars/keloids, radiation is sometimes used. The scar is healed when it is no longer red in color. ...Read more

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Ents from two different practices reccomend revision sinus surgery, . What would prevent scar tissue from reforming after revision surgery?

Ents from two different practices reccomend revision sinus surgery, . What would prevent scar tissue from reforming after revision surgery?

Nothing - scar will: Scarring is inevitable. However the pattern and location of scarring is the critical issue. As long as the scar does not obstruct the flow of mucous, the surgery should be successful. More aggressive treatment may also produce better results. Addressing previously untreated sinus cavities may also yield an improved outcome. ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

There: There are a variety of methods to treat scars. These include non-surgical and surgical methods, which are often used in conjunction with each other.

Non-surgical methods often include the application of ointment or sheeting (silicone), injection of steroids, and skin resurfacing methods such as laser therapy or dermabrasion. Surgical methods of treating a scar include excision of the scar or irregularization of the scar to make the scar less noticeable to the observer's eye. The chosen method to treat a scar depends on the age of the scar and desires of the patient, with an attempt to always balance the potential invasive nature of a revision and the desired outcome.

Without evaluating your daughter in person or seeing any pictures, any facial plastic surgeon in your area should be able to evaluate your daughter and develop a plan that will work best for her. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me directly via the link below. ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

Scar: Scar revisions and children

having a child with a cleft lip (sometimes called harelip) can be difficult at first, but once the repair is done you can usually see the light at the end of the tunnel. What remains difficult is seeing your child through a parent's eyes. Cleft repairs can make amazing improvements in the appearance of your child's lip though, like all surgery, always results in scars. Sometimes those scars are minimal and other times they can be more noticeable. However, every scar on your child's face is noticeable to you.

My advice to my patients is to wait until the child has their own opinion. That usually will not happen until the age of 8 or older. Younger children can't really understand the choice of having a scar revision. I believe they need to know the options and really understand what they are choosing. A scar revision does not remove a scar entirely - that is simply never possible. In some cases a scar revision can make a very nice improvement. The best way to make that decision is with an experienced plastic surgeon and with the full involvement and understanding of the child and his/her parents.

There may come a day when your child feels very strongly about improving the scars from the cleft repair. There may not. But ultimately (in my opinion) it should be left to your child to decide upon the need to have another procedure.

I hope this info helps! ...Read more

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I have a history of keloids and had neck surgery 2 yo. What are the pros and cons of scar revision?

I have a history of keloids and had neck surgery 2 yo. What are the pros and cons of scar revision?

Risk is a new keloid: Scar revision is very safe. The biggest risk of scar revision is that the keloid will recur. There are precautions your plastic surgeon can take to minimize this risk including closing the skin with minimal tension, treating the new scar with steroids or 5-fu, using silicone sheets or applying pressure. Laser treatments can also help reduce post-operative scarring. ...Read more

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Can I combine scar revision & mole removal with other facial surgery?

Can I combine scar revision & mole removal with other facial surgery?

Depends...: This should be answered by your doctor who is performing the scar revision. Generally, if your scar revision require surgical excision, and the mole in question happens to be near the area to be excised, then it is easy to remove the mole along with the scar. If your mole is raised, your doctor may choose to simply shave excise the mole independent of your scar revision. ...Read more

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How to take care of g tube scar revision after plastic surgery?

How to take care of g tube scar revision after plastic surgery?

Multiple poss: There are multiple interventions that can be done to help with a gtube scar. However, they all are dependent on the individual. So the best is to see a plastic surgeon to examine the site and then give you options. ...Read more

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What kind of scar revision would be possible for a round half pea size depression caused by deep laser surgery on center of chin?

Filler or excision: If it is soft, I would consider a filler and if tethered excision with layered repair may produce a better result. Of course many other options exist. ...Read more

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6 weeks post bilateral inguinal hernia surgery with scar revision. My right side is still in horrible pain. I had an injection but not working. Why?

6 weeks post bilateral inguinal hernia surgery with scar revision. My right side is still in horrible pain. I had an injection but not working. Why?

Nerve injury?: It would depend on the exact technical details of the operation, and the precise location of the pain, what makes it worse, etc. If the injection was to block the nerve, and if it relieved the pain but only temporarily, another type of injection may cure it, as might reoperation. This is a rare and challenging problem. Your best bet is to get answers from your surgeon, or a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, will my syrgery scars disappear after a scar removal surgery? And how much it costs?

Hello doctor, will my syrgery scars disappear after a scar removal surgery? And how much it costs?

No easy answer: As this will depend on the type of procedure necessary. And even the same procedure can cost widely differing amounts based on the surgeon and other associated surgical/facility fees. It's unlikely that scar revision surgery will yield no scarring but the appearance ideally would be noticeably less. Again there is great variability depending on what you start with! See a doc for more pricing! ...Read more

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Is there an effective acne scar removal surgery?

Is there an effective acne scar removal surgery?

DIfferent techniques: Are available. Depending on the location, depth, and size of the scar your facial plastic surgeon may recommend different treatment options. Laser treatments or peels can help for more superficial scars. Ice pick type scars can be helped by excision and follow up treatments like dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

It helps: Depending in the skin type and color, laser can be very helpful in reducing the color and thickness of the scar. ...Read more

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How do you avoid scar tissue building up after an abdominal surgery/lap band removal?

How do you avoid scar tissue building up after an abdominal surgery/lap band removal?

No good way: Doctors have tried for years to discover a way to prevent adhesions (scar tissue) in the abdomen because there can be many long term problems from them. There is no magic bullet. The main goal is for the operating surgeon to minimize trauma to the tissues, avoid inflammation, etc. Still, the majority of adhesions will not cause problems.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2672996/. ...Read more

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I have quite a bit of scar tissue in my abdomen from multiple surgeries. Would I still be a candidate for weight loss surgery?

I have quite a bit of scar tissue in my abdomen from multiple surgeries. Would I still be a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Most likely: Scar tissue (adhesions) from previous surgery is unlikely to prevent weight loss surgery although it can make the operation more difficult with a higher risk of complications and prolonged anesthesia time. How and where the previous operations were performed will also factor in as will the specific weight loss operation you are considering. ...Read more

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I have formed a hypertrophic scar on my abdomen after the distal pancreas surgery conducted 10 months from now. Is there any way to minimize this?

I have formed a hypertrophic scar on my abdomen after the distal pancreas surgery conducted 10 months from now. Is there any way to minimize this?

Absolutely, see your: Dermatologist for injections of kenalog (triamcinolone) to soften and thin out the scar, consider laser treatments, topical silicone sheeting, and topical growth factors and sooner than later! ...Read more

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Having pain in my back and lower abdomen. Had laprascopic surgery monday and some scar tissue was removed. Do I need to get this checked out or wait?

Having pain in my back and lower abdomen. Had laprascopic surgery monday and some scar tissue was removed. Do I need to get this checked out or wait?

How severe is pain?: Post surgery you will have some pain for 2 weeks, gradually getting better. If pain is persistent and getting worse, then you need to be checked. ...Read more

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I have had abdominal surgery and feel the scar tissue is wrapped around my colon, & can't eat due to pain and bloating. What should I do?

I have had abdominal surgery and feel the scar tissue is wrapped around my colon, & can't eat due to pain and bloating. What should I do?

Go to your doctor.: Ask to get a ct scan of your abdomen. If there is problems with adhesions (scarring from surgery) it is most likely in the small bowel, not colon. Most of the time surgery is not needed. ...Read more

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An MRI revealed a ligament tear low right abdomen, held together by scar tissue. Chronic injury doc said. Can this improve without surgery?

Injury: The scar is the normal way the body heals, so presence of scar is normal. Generally, if the injury is greater than a year old, then the healing and the re-modeling of the wound is complete. Both form and function are stable and will only vary little as time passes. Often, surgical revision of the scar leads to improved appearance and may lead to better function of the muscles involved. ...Read more

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I had surgery for an abdominal hernia a month ago. The area below the scar has remained numb and sore. The internal scar is hard. Is this normal?

I had surgery for an abdominal hernia a month ago. The area below the scar has remained numb and sore. The internal scar is hard. Is this normal?

Normal: After such an operation, it is not unusual to feel a firm (hard) ridge under the scar. This represents healing of the tissue beneath the skin and can present as you describe. This can take several months to resolve. Check with your surgeon as he would have the specific details of your surgery. ...Read more

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Numerous surgeries in abdomen area 4 surgeries ago they had to scale my mothers bowels due to scar tissue. Now having wieght loss extreame pain?

Follow up with doc: Her abdominal pain could be to a several things. She could be having intermittent obstruction or if they removed bowel each time could have short gut syndrome, etc. She should follow up with her surgeon about her symptoms. ...Read more

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Had exploratory abdominal surgey due to ingested foreign object imbedded in stomach wall. Now have a 14" scar from surgery. What are the long term effects of this scar?

Nothing: Thousands of people have scars and very few have any problems from them, especially the older they get. Scars will fade and soften so they tend to improve with age. Not many other things do! ...Read more

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Hip revision surgery, what can I expect?

Hip revision surgery, what can I expect?

Relief: Hip revision is second surgery done to replace hardware some times joint wears off, or several other problems, revision will correct the problem, ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how bad is revision surgery on a total knee?

I was just wondering how bad is revision surgery on a total knee?

Revision TKA: Revision of a total knee varies in complexity from just exchanging the bearing surface to removing and replacing the entire device. It depends on what is the reason requiring the revision. ...Read more

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What is reason for breast revision surgery?

What is reason for breast revision surgery?

Breast revision: Breast revision surgery is usually an aesthetic "revision" surgery of the breast, most often a "redo" after breast augmentation. Sometimes "adding" a breast lift (mastopexy), or removing and replacing implants (up or down sizing). Revisions also occur with breast reconstruction but that is still referred to as breast reconstruction (even it is is a revision). ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a knee revision surgery?

How common is it for someone to need a knee revision surgery?

Uncommon: It is relatively uncommon to require total knee revision surgery. It may be necessary for a number of reasons. The three most common are infection in the joint, loosening of the original components, and wear of the plastic (polyethylene) insert. ...Read more

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Recovery time from ACL revision surgery on knee?

Recovery time from ACL revision surgery on knee?

8-9 months: An acl revision is seldom as simple as a first time acl reconstruction, so rehab would often be a bit more guarded. However, given good graft fixation, and a well-performed procedure, the expected recovery should be the same. Expect 6-12 weeks for return to daily activities and 8-9 months ideally before return to cutting sports. ...Read more

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Where is a knee revision surgery usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a knee revision surgery usually done? At a hospital?

Depends on type: If you are having revision reconstructive surgery such as meniscal repair or acl reconstruction that can often be done at an outpatient surgery center; if you mean revision knee arthroplasty/replacement that should be done at a hospital and will require hospitalization-talk to your surgeon re the postop plan; revisions are complicated cases with less predictable outcomes than primary surgeries. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scar Revision (Definition)

Various techniques including surgical revision, steroid injection, and abrasion, meant to improve the appearance and/or ...Read more


Dr. Charles Mitchell
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Revision Surgery (Definition)

Revision surgery is performing a procedure to ...Read more