Scar revision refers to a variety of topical treatments, injectable products, surface treatments, and surgical procedures that can be performed to help reduce the appearance of large or noticeable scars on a patient’s body. The goal is to minimize the appearance of the scar so that it does not draw unwanted attention, or its appearance easily blends with the surrounding skin.
If the scars are deep, surgical methods need to be applied to properly treat the issue. The scar tissue in the area will be excised to allow room for new tissue formation and the wound will be properly closed using advanced techniques to ensure it heals properly to minimize any potential scarring.
Hypertrophic scars, with their raised, red appearance, may take much longer than a normal scar to fade. For the most part, scars are permanent, but they can be faded using clinically-proven scar therapy products.
You may be able to wait to have surgery until the scar lightens in color. This can be several months or even a year after the wound has healed. For some scars, it is best to have revision surgery 60 to 90 days after the scar matures.
As the collagen bundles remodel themselves over time and contract, the final scar can be much smaller than the original wound. Shortly after the wound has filled up with granulation tissue, the epidermis begins to grow over it. This allows the final healed wound to resemble the surrounding skin as much as possible.
Surgical scar revision does not require a recovery period. The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort that may take 1 to 2 weeks to resolve. Healing will continue for several weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade.