Even after initial treatment, scars and wounds can remain itchy or painful. They may also impact your appearance.
If you have experienced burns, scarring, or other trauma, our team can support you with procedures to bring healthy tissue to your face, head, and neck. These procedures include surgery to reconstruct scars with fresh tissue, including through skin grafts. We can also perform dermabrasion to minimize small scars on the face.
Our expert team works to understand your aesthetic and functional goals and collaborates with you to design a treatment plan to work toward achieving them.
Who is a Candidate for Scar and Wound Revision Surgery?
Patients looking to alter the appearance of their scars and wounds may be candidates these procedures.
Scars can’t be completely removed, but their appearance may be altered or lessened with treatment.
Some scars that react well to treatment include:
- Contractures: Scars that form when the skin around a wound over-tightens during the healing process
- Fine-line scars: Scars from minor wounds that form a raised line as they heal
- Hypertrophic scars: Thick scars in the area of the original wound, formed from an excess of collagen
- Keloid scars: Scars that grow beyond the edges of a healed wound, caused by an excess of collagen
- Pitted scars: Scars with a sunken appearance, often from skin conditions like acne
What to Expect
Before the procedure
You will meet with your physician to discuss your goals for the scar and wound revision. Your provider may recommend treatments ranging from steroid medication to non-invasive procedures like microdermabrasion or surgery.
Microdermabrasion and other facial rejuvenation procedures are generally quick, and doctors can perform them in their offices. You may also receive laser procedures to remove or reduce scarring. You can go home shortly after these procedures and can usually drive yourself.
For larger or more complicated scars and keloids, your expert surgical team may recommend a variety of surgical procedures that involve excising the scar and arranging local tissue close to the area in the most aesthetically pleasing manner that minimizes any alteration to the function and appearance of your face.
For scars that cover a large area or are in complicated areas, you may require some form of anesthesia for your comfort, while smaller procedures can be done with a local anesthetic while you are awake. Your surgeon will then remove scar tissue from the wound.
The facial plastic and reconstructive team will perform a creative reconstruction individually tailored to each patient.
- Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.
- You may have no bandage or require a bandage for around a week.
- Any sutures are typically removed after seven to ten days.
During your recovery, the area may be sore and swollen. It may take months for feeling to return to the area.
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