So you chose the tummy tuck path to a flat, well-toned abdomen and now have to contend with unsightly scars that makes you hate looking at yourself in the mirror. Well, don’t fret; a scar revision surgery can help. This article will explain this scar reduction option in more details. Enjoy the read as I wait for you on the other side of your monitor – just kidding 🙂
Tummy Tuck Scar Revision – Abdominal Scar Revision
Also referred to as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is great way to tone loose abdominal muscles due to factors such as ageing, pregnancy and drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, tummy tuck is often associated with unsightly scars that can make you hate to look at yourself in the mirror. That is where tummy tuck scar revision comes in handy.
This refers to a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the appearance of abdominal scars (notice that I didn’t talk about complete elimination) and restoring skin function. Raised scars are typically flattened to make them less noticeable while wide scars are normally narrowed for the same reason.
Tummy tuck scar revision is normally done at least six months after surgery as most scars tend to fade away gradually after some time. Some scars are however best revised at their earliest so the right timing for a scar depends on the nature of scar and is at the discretion of your surgeon.
The specific approach adopted for scar revision varies from surgeon to surgeon and may include one or several of the following.
Dermabrasion: This is a removal of the uppermost layers of the skin to facilitate new growth of skin cells. A tool referred to as a fraise or burr is normally used. A newer form of dermabrasion referred to as microdermabrasion is usually less invasive and involves minimal damage to the upper layer of the skin. It is however effective for very superficial scars.
Complete removal: tummy tuck scars can also be made less noticeable by cutting them off and then closing the resulting incision with sutures. Another approach to this is to make V-shaped skin flaps referred to as Z-plasty by making small incisions on either sides of the scar as to make it thinner and thus less apparent.
Skin grafting: As the name suggests, this involves grafting the scar site with a flap of skin from another healthy area of the body.
The surgeon can resort to a procedure referred to as skin flap surgery for a patient who have lost huge amount of skin tissue or in cases where skin function precedes aesthetics. This involves transferring a complete section of skin together with its nerves, muscles, fat and blood vessels from a healthy are a of the body to the scarring area.
C Section Scar Revision
So you had the pleasure to welcome your beautiful baby boy or baby girl after undergoing a C section and a few months down the line you can’t stand the glaring scar that seems to have found permanent residence on your skin?
Well, you are not alone; there are many women around the globe who walk in your shoes every day. But that doesn’t mean that you have to live with that scar for the rest of your life. You can always go for a scar revision to make the scar less noticeable.
As with any other type of scar, C section scar revision involves surgery and there are many plastic surgery clinics nowadays that offer the procedure. Remember Google is your best friend and you can come up with a whole list of such clinics by searching using the phrase “C section scar revision [Your City or country] e.g. C section Scar revision Michigan.
Lip Scar Revision
People get lip scars for all manner of reason ranging from road or playground accidents e.g. when a kick of the ball by your classmates started a countdown into head-on-collision between the ball and your lips – ouch! That hurts.
Such scars often heal gradually and can take as long as 2 years to fade away significantly. Among the treatment options that you can in the meanwhile resort to speed up the healing process are scar creams, corticosteroids injections and laser treatment, but if these prove not to help, lip scar revision is always an option.
Talk to your doctor about lip scar revision. S/he might refer you to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for further assessment and advice.
Hair Transplant Scar Revision
As we have already mentioned elsewhere, hair transplant is an increasingly embraced option for hair regrowth. It is however normally associated with scarring.
If you just got yourself a new “set” of hair but just can’t stand the scar that resulted on your head, you can go for a hair transplant scar revision surgery. It however deserves to be mentioned that most insurance companies will not foot the bill for hair transplant scar revision if it chiefly for cosmetic reason.
You may also have to look for a private clinic offering the service as most public facilities do not offer it.
Hypertrophic Scar Revision
As with their keloid counterparts, hypertrophic scars have a general tendency to recur after a scar revision surgery has been done. On the positive end however, hypertrophic scars tend to grow for a period of 2 years or so and then start to improve over a period of time.
Circular motion massages, pressure dressings, corticosteroid injections and silicon gel sheeting can all help to hasten the scar healing process, but in extreme cases, scar revision can be used, followed by one or more of the above options to prevent their recurrence.
Tracheostomy Scar Revision – Preparing for it
Did you just undergo a tracheostomy tube placement and now have to worry every day about a depressed, hypertrophic, and discolored scar that adheres to the underlying trachea to make swallowing food a painful and/or uncomfortable experience?
Well, you can walk the surgery path again to overcome this problem with a scar revision. A grafting material is often used to separate the scar and the skin. Talk to your surgeon about the options available.
Keloid Scar Revision
As we have already mentioned in the article detailing the various types of scars, keloid scars generally tend to grow continuously. Although very similar to hypertrophic scars, they typically transcend the boundaries of the original wound.
Scar revision for keloids may involve cutting them off before stitching the resulting incision with sutures. Pressure dressings or any other type of scar treatment usually follows the surgery to minimize scarring and overcome the tendency of keloid scars to return.
Breast Scar Revision
People are increasingly turning to breast augmentation surgery to enhance their appearance or correct breast defects. This can however lead to scarring and so can accidents. If you are concerned about a scar on your breast, you can always get a scar revision surgery performed.
A great step towards making an informed decision is to visit a plastic surgeon in your area or region (how did we live without Google?) who will advice and/or recommend suitable scar revision options for your specific case.
Scar revision options depend on the extent of the scar as well as your body’s response to injury and vary from Z-plasty to skin grafts and tissue expansion among others.
Acne Scar Revision – What You Need To Know
If acne has over time left you with annoying scars and are considering scar revision as an option, you need to know that such scars cannot be removed completely. A surgeon can only reduce their prominence.
It is also a better idea to aloe the scar some time (some plastic surgeons recommend one year) to heal before resorting to plastic surgery. Some techniques such as use of dermal fillers also don’t give permanent results