Some of us are forced to live with scars – whether caused by an injury or surgery. Having a scar can be uncomfortable and make you feel self-conscious especially if it is situated in a noticeable part of your body such as your face. Scars can be more prominent if they are protruded or keloid. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with unsightly scars anymore as there is a treatment that can improve or reduce the appearance of your scar. The treatment is called scar revision surgery.
SCAR REVISION WITH THE BEST PLASTIC SURGEONS IN MCLEAN AND CHEVY CHASE!
Surgical scar revision is a solution designed for patients with scars that originate from an injury or a scar caused by surgery. The revision of the scarred tissue will depend on the severity of the scar condition.
Washington Plastic Surgery is a licensed cosmetic and plastic surgery clinic providing cosmetic surgeries, including scar revision. We are a team of plastic surgeons that are devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing your natural beauty using state-of-the-art procedures resulting in a natural-looking beauty, boosting your self-esteem, and making you more confident with your appearance.
At Washington Plastic Surgery, we provide effective treatment options to erase your scars, including entirely, but not limited to, the following scars:
- Facial discoloration
- Hypertrophic scars
IS SCAR REVISION RIGHT FOR YOU?
Scar revision aims to eliminate or at least improve the appearance of your scar. You could be the right candidate for scar revision surgery if:
- You have a scar that you are uncomfortable with
- You are physically healthy with no preexisting health conditions
- The skin to be treated is free from skin diseases.
- You don’t smoke
WHAT TO EXPECT ABOUT SCAR REVISION?
Before the treatment, Washington Plastic Surgery will conduct an initial consultation to make sure that you are physically fit and healthy. As it is, there are other possible options for reducing your scar appearance. However, if your surgeon recommends scar revision for you, you need to expect things. Scar revision is a type of surgery; therefore, the use of anesthesia is required. During the treatment, several techniques may be used, depending on the scarring’s severity to achieve the best results.
Washington Plastic Surgery offers the following scar revision treatment depending on the type of scar that you have, the scar’s depth, and the amount of scarring. Treatments include:
- Topical treatments such as silicone gels and sheets
- Kenalog injections
- Surface treatments such as Dermabrasion, vascular laser and laser skin resurfacing, chemical peeling, skin bleaching, and tissue expansion
- Injectable treatments such as collagen injections and steroid applications
- Cryotherapy which involves freezing the scar through medication
- Pressure therapy
- Surgery such as Z-plasty, skin grafts, skin flaps, and tissue expansion
- Radiation therapy
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD FOR SCAR REVISION?
Most patients can return to their normal day to day activities depending on the location of the treatment. Patients may experience swelling and bruising in the treated area that may last for up to two weeks. If incisions are involved, stitches may be removed typically after 4-7 days. You may be prescribed over-the-counter painkillers and antibiotics too to manage pain and prevent infections.
Washington Plastic Surgery will schedule a follow-up checkup on the sixth day after the surgery to examine the treated area’s condition and evaluate healing. Typically, the treated skin will heal in six to eight weeks, depending on the treatment’s depth. You will notice the new scar to flatten and start fading until it becomes almost invisible.
For all your Scar Revision needs, contact Washington Plastic Surgery and talk to our surgeon to get advice on how the procedure will help you achieve your goals and if it suits your needs.