If a scar bothers you and is interfering with your daily activities – may be it is affecting your self esteem and confidence making you feel socially isolated- you may want to undergo a scar removal surgery. This article will explain everything you need to know about such surgical procedures.
Surgical Scar Removal – Surgery Scar Removal
I gained my first insight into the world of surgical scar removal reading the story of one Laurag who was involved in accident and sustained serious injuries that healed but left behind glaring scars that bothered her.
Laurag says that people kept staring at her scars all the time but they are now gone after undergoing three surgical revisions and that has enable her to …”put the accident behind” her.
It is however important to note that no surgery can make a scar go away completely; instead it is all about reducing the scar, flattening it if it raised (or sunken), and making its color more consistent with the rest of the skin.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (or AAFPRS), surgery scar removal may involve re-contouring the incision, moving the skin to alter the appearance and shape of the scar, or moving the scar to make it less noticeable.
The specific choice of approach varies depending on the shape, size and location of your scar. Your surgeon will evaluate it and recommend some of the suitable options for surgical scar removal.
In general however, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing tend to be the preferred options for raised and/or rough textured scars. Both involve a removal of the upper layers of skin with abrading tool (for dermabrasion) or pulses of high-energy laser light (for laser resurfacing).
For keloid or hypertrophic types of scars may first be treated with corticosteroid injections to minimize their sizes, but should this prove not to have satisfactory improvement, surgical removal may have to be done whereby the scars are literally removed and the resulting incision closed using fine stitches.
Surgery scar removal can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will recommend the best option for your specific case.
Despite the positive impacts that a surgical scar removal can have on that glaring scar on your face (or any other part of the body), you may not be an ideal candidate for the procedure if you are suffering from acne or other skin disease in the scarring area.
You may also not be an ideal candidate if you smoke or you are not physically healthy as The American Society of Plastic Surgeons points out.
Scar Tissue Removal Surgery – What to Expect After the Procedure
After the surgical procedure to remove the scar tissue, it is very likely that you will feel some discomfort which is often accompanied by some degree of swelling, bruising and redness. Your surgeon will give you some aftercare guidelines that you should follow to the letter to ensure optimum results and faster recovery (e.g. sleeping with your head elevated or applying cold compresses on the wound to lessen swelling). In case sutures are used, they are usually removed in just a few days.
Plastic Surgery Scar Removal – Will your Health Insurance Policy Cover you?
A scar is typically not an issue if it is small or if its location makes it very easy to hide with your clothes. But if the nature and size of your scar makes it easy for anyone to spot, yet hard to conceal and the unwarranted attraction it gives you make you wish it away every moment of the day, plastic surgery scar removal is one option that you may want to consider.
But as you consider the option you also need to consider the fact that most health insurance plans will not foot the bill for plastic surgery scar removal, treatment of any related complications, or any second revision surgery required to improve your scar further if it is being done for cosmetic reasons – to enhance your appearance – as opposed to medical reasons.
If the surgery is intended to reduce a scar resulting from an injury however, the insurance company may be able to foot the bill in whole or in part.
So, before you make the big decision, review your health insurance policy keenly and make that call if you need to just to be sure.
How Much Is Scar Removal Surgery – Price or Cost of Scar Removal Surgery
When it comes to elective surgery, cost is always an important consideration and it is thus not surprising to see so many asking the question, “How much is scar removal surgery” in online forums as well as in our inbox.
Even then it is also one of the most tricky questions to answer since the cost varies depending on a whole myriad of factors ranging from the surgeon’s experience and experience to the type of procedure chosen.
In addition to the surgeon fee and facility fee, the price of the surgery may also include anesthesia, prescription for medications and medical tests (if needed). Of these, surgeon fee is the most difficult to determine since different surgeons will charge different amounts – depending on their experience and geographic location.
In addition to “how much is scar removal surgery?” an equally important question that you may want to ask is whether the surgeon (clinic) you are consulting with offers his/her patients flexible financing plans.
Scar Removal Surgery Before and After Pictures
There is no better way to get an insight into aesthetic-oriented surgical or treatment procedures than to look at “before and after” pictures of real people who have undergone the procedure in question.
In that context, here are scar removal surgery “before and after” pictures to inspire your thoughts and give you a clue as to what is possible with this scar reduction option.
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How to Remove Surgery Scars
Take some time digging into the top one hundred questions asked online about scars and you are bound to have “How Can I get rid surgery scars?” somewhere in your list.
The first answer that comes to my mind when someone asks me to explain how to remove surgery scars is laser scar removal. Laser scar treatment uses laser light (yes you guessed right 🙂 – to induce changes in the surface layers of the skin which then triggers the formation of a new, healthy skin on the treatment site and it is not only approved by the FDA for treatment of surgery scars but also acne scars.
Depending on the size, shape and location of the scar, the surgeon may also decide to use other scar treatment options such as dermabrasion, tissue expansion chemical peels, and corticosteroid injection among others.
A discussion on “how to remove surgery scars” is also not complete (in my own opinion) without a mention of surgical scar revision which is basically a surgery intended to improve the appearance of a scar.