What Is Scar Revision Surgery?
Scars are unavoidable…. inevitable. Some scars tend to be way more prominent and noticeable and become the focus of all attention when interacting with others.
A scar revision procedure is a surgery to either reduce the size of an existing scar, or change its shape and direction or camouflage it to make it less noticeable than what it is at present or to improve any activity or function that has been limited due to the scar.
Scar Revisions Can’t Eliminate A Scar
The most important thing to keep in mind is that the scar is not going to vanish or become totally invisible. Depending on the size, type and location of the scar, it can be concealed in natural skin creases, or placed in a hidden area on the body or made less conspicuous.
The best-case scenario after a scar revision is having a very faint scar that is not easily noticed in routine conversations or interactions. Also, having a scar that can be easily concealed with minimum makeup or foundation is a good result.
Immediately following scar revision, do not expect a magical result. The initial swelling and redness lasts for a few weeks. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you on avoiding sun exposure, and the ointments or silicone sheet to be applied to the fresh scar. Following those instructions is the key to a great result.
The scar settles and the final results are best appreciated about 2-3 months following scar revision.
Being patient, having realistic expectations and following proper treatment protocols will ensure maximum satisfaction and great results from scar revision.
About The Author
DR. SALIL PATIL, M.CH., Plastic And Reconstructive Surgeon, is the Medical Director of Dhanwantari’s Chrysalis Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. www.dhanwantarischrysalis.com/