Scar Revision in Orlando, FL
Are you self-conscious about a scar that you would like to cover? Board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, provides scar revision treatments for residents of Orlando and surrounding communities. Even though scar revision cannot completely eliminate scarring, Orange Country and Central Florida residents are pleased with the minimization of scars offered by the treatment.
What is Scar Revision?
If you developed a scar that restricts your movement, a scar revision procedure might benefit you. A scar revision comprises several methods that help minimize the appearance of various forms of scars. A typical scar revision procedure replaces the unsightly scar with a smaller, less obtrusive scar.
It does not matter if the unsightly scar happened because of a previous surgery or injury, a scar revision procedure can enhance your appearance and lead to an improvement of your skin. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010, over 160,000 scar revisions were performed.
Benefits of Scar Revision
You might have a scar that is not very noticeable to others, but you see it and would like it to be less visible. A scar revision procedure is a basic type of reconstructive surgery that can help you achieve your goal. Most patients find that after their surgery, few people notice the treated scar unless they point it out themselves.
Good Candidates for Scar Revision
You may make a good candidate for scar revision if you are generally healthy and a non-smoker. Since scars also tend to have an emotional component, you should inform Dr. Peters of your goals to ensure you have realistic expectations regarding your results. If you are advised to have scar excision, you probably will not be able to have it performed until a minimum of six months after scar formation.
Some scarred patients may desire injections or basic skin resurfacing methods. A scar revision will not completely remove a scar, but it can make a great difference.
What to Expect from Scar Revision
You will receive a recommendation for the ideal scar revision method from Dr. Peters, depending upon the type and location of your scar.
The following techniques are possible scar revision methods:
- Excision: A serial or partial excision surgery involves making an elliptical incision without necessarily removing the entire scar in one session. Follow-ups may be required.
- Fusiform: A fusiform excision procedure involves the placement of an elliptical incision around the scar and tissue removal.
- Skin grafts: A skin graft procedure can help repair small, round, or depressed scars. It involves removing skin from one part of your body and using it to lift the scar level with adjacent tissue.
- Local flap: Local flap procedures use adjacent skin to conceal the scar. A W-shaped or Z-shaped incision is made to break up the scar, restore function, and make it less obtrusive.
In certain cases, such as local flap surgery, Dr. Peters may perform tissue expansion methods that involve stretching the skin to allow for reconstruction. In cases where the scar is raised, he may reduce raised tissue to better match the nearby skin.
Scar Revision Recovery
Following your scar revision surgery, you may feel like your skin is tighter or experience some discomfort or swelling. If needed, pain medication will be available to reduce any discomfort. A dressing will cover your scar treatment area, and you may need to frequently change it to promote proper healing.
How Much Does Scar Revision Cost in Orlando?
How much your scar revision procedure will cost depends on your own unique treatment plan developed by Dr. Peters at your consultation. Following your consultation, we will give you the total costs for your scar revision surgery. At this time, we will also discuss payment methods, which include cash, personal check, and credit cards. If you require financing, CareCredit® is also available for your convenience.
For more information about scar revision or other types of reconstructive surgery, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Orlando plastic surgery office. The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, offers scar revision to the men and women who live in Orange County and Central Florida.