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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.

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Dr. Barry Press
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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