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Scar Revision: What It Is and How To Tell If You're A Potential Candidate

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Are you dissatisfied with the look or feel of a scar? No matter the cause of the scar, there are solutions out there to help reduce its impact on your life! Here is what a scar revision is, potential treatment options, and how to tell if you’re a good candidate.

As much as we don’t like them, scars are a natural part of our bodies. They are a visible sign that a wound has healed, and in some cases, are completely unavoidable. Some of the most common ways that scars can develop include:

  • Surgery
  • Wounds
  • Scrapes and scratches
  • Genetics

No matter how your scars have formed, there are ways to minimize their impact. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common ways to alter your scars' appearance and how to determine if you are a strong candidate for a revision.

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What is a Scar?

While we all kind of know what a scar is, and we all probably have a couple of them, what are they medically? A scar is one of the ways that your body will heal damaged or removed skin. Scars may look and feel entirely different from others depending on various factors including diet, genetics, type of injury, and location on the body. Due to the incredible variance of scars, they are quite difficult to predict.

If you have some scarring from a recent injury, surgery, or any other reason, you may not be happy with their presence. However, there are some methods available to alter them or minimize their appearance so you can look and feel your best. 

What is a Scar Revision?

A revision is a type of treatment that can be undergone in an attempt to alter the scar's appearance for cosmetic, comfort, or functionality purposes. The goal of a scar revision is to make it as smooth, comfortable, and invisible as possible.

However, before choosing to undergo any revision treatments, it's important to note that it is impossible to remove a scar completely. There are many tactics and methods of reducing their appearance and making them more comfortable, but there is no way to remove its entire presence.

What Revision Treatments Are There?

The recommended treatment for your scar(s) will depend on you, your body, the type of scar, placement, and more. However, some of the most popular methods administered by plastic surgeons are as follows:

Steroid Injections: Steroids can be injected into the scar to decrease its visibility, lessen its itch, and in some cases, reduce its size.

Surgery: While it may seem counterintuitive to undergo surgery to remove a scar, it can sometimes prove quite effective. A common procedure is to surgically remove the spot and use skin grafts to help close the wound with as minimal scarring as possible.

Cryotherapy: Similar to how a standard treatment of warts is to freeze them off, a standard way of removing scars is to have them frozen off by the use of medication.

Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion is a technique that involves removing the surface layers of the scarred skin to promote the growth of new skin cells. These new skin cells will be similar to the skin that surrounds your scar, minimizing its appearance.

Topical Medications: Silicone-based gels and sheets have been proven effective in altering discoloration of scars and promoting effective healing.

Laser Surgery: Laser treatments can be used to smoothen the scar, make it smaller, remove skin cells to promote new skin growth, and alter the colour of a prominent spot. Laser treatment has been known to be an effective treatment, especially in conjunction with other methods mentioned above.

Is Scar Revision Something For You?

As with any other form of cosmetic surgery, there are several criteria that must be met before electing a scar revision treatment. However, before we get into the requirements, the most essential factor in any cosmetic surgery decision is why you are doing it. You should always ensure that the reason you undergo any cosmetic treatment is because you want to do it and not to please anybody else. In addition, in order to be considered for scar revision, you must: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Not smoke or use nicotine products
  • Not suffer from bleeding or clotting disorders
  • Not be pregnant
  • Have a scar(s) that you are dissatisfied by

If all of these criteria are met, you should reach out to your Kelowna Plastic Surgeon to schedule your initial consultation.

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Q: How long does a scar revision treatment take?

Some options, such as topical medical gels, can be done by yourself at home. In contrast, other options such as surgery need to be done in the office and can typically be completed within two hours, depending on the quantity and size of scars.

Q: Will a scar revision completely remove my scarring?

Scar revision treatments are not guaranteed to entirely remove the scar. They will lessen the physical and visual impact of it, in some cases to be completely invisible, but this is not always the case. Contact your plastic surgeon to learn more about what to expect from a scar revision.

Q: Will my insurance cover my scar revision?

Government insurance will not cover the cost of your scar revision. Contact your additional insurance provider to accurately find out if your current plan will cover a scar revision.

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