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Scar Revision

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Reduce scar appearance

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Scars can bring back both good and bad memories from different moments of our lives.

They could have resulted from an accident, injury, illness, previous surgery, or childbirth. If you are bothered by a scar for aesthetic or functional reasons, you can consider a scar revision procedure. At Artisan Plastic, we have both surgical and non-surgical options available for scar revision.

What are scars?

Before we learn about scar revision, we must first learn a little more about scars. Scars form as a result of the body’s response to injury.

The appearance and formation of these scars can cause both aesthetic and functional issues. An unsightly scar can affect one’s self-esteem or be a source of social embarrassment. For others, scars can be painful, itchy, and even limit the range of motion of the affected limb. 

Types of scars

There are different types of scars such as:

  • Keloid scars: thick, raised scars that grow beyond the edges of the wound.
  • Hypertrophic scars: thick, raised scars that grow within the confines of the wound.
  • Contractures: occurs when large areas of skin are affected. A contracture scar causes skin tightness by pulling the edges of the skin together.

The type of scar that forms depend on a variety of factors, these are: 

  • Genetics
  • Thickness and colour of your skin
  • Size, depth, location, and orientation of the wound
  • Surgical technique used to close the wound
  • Post-operative care 

What is scar revision

Scar revision is a procedure performed on scars to change or improve its appearance. This procedure can also improve the function of limbs affected by the scar or reduce the itchiness of the scar. Scar revision can be done in several ways depending on the type of scar and the problems they cause. The types of scar revision are:

  • Surgical scar revision: suitable for individuals with extensive scarring that may affect the function of a limb. Types of surgical scar revision include, skin grafts/flaps, Z-plasty. 
  • Non-surgical scar revision: suitable for individuals with less extensive scarring. Types of non-surgical scar revision include, steroid injections, cryotherapy, pressure therapy.
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How does scar revision work?

Scar revision works by minimising the appearance of a scar, improving the functionality of the limb associated with the scar, or reducing itchiness of the scar.

Scar revision for keloids or hypertrophic scars:

  • Steroid injections: steroids are injected directly into the scar to improve its appearance, reduce itchiness, decrease redness, and sometimes reduce the size of the scar.
  • Cryotherapy: used together with steroid injections. The scar is frozen off in cryotherapy.
  • Pressure therapy: pressure is applied on the scar using a pressure appliance that is worn above the scar for 4-6 months.
  • Laser surgery: used to smoothen the scar.

Scar revision for contractures:

  • Skin graft/flaps: replaces or attaches skin to a part of the body that is missing skin. 
  • Z-plasty: works by changing the direction of the scar and how it attaches to the skin

Benefits of scar revision

  • Improvement in appearance of scar
  • Improvement in symptoms related to presence of scar (pain, itching)
  • Improvement in function and range of motion related to the scar

What should I expect before the procedure?

During your first consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your problem areas and desired results. Additionally, you will discuss on the following things:

Medical history

It is important to give honest answers with regards to your medical history. This allows your surgeon to make accurate and safe decisions with regards to the procedure. Inform your surgeon about any medications, surgeries, or allergies you have/had. You must also inform your surgeon if you have diabetes, circulatory problems, thyroid problems, and other health issues if any. 

Physical examination

Your surgeon will conduct a physical examination and help to identify any problem areas that can be treated with scar revision. 

After this, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available and the possible results with each option. Once the treatment plan has been decided for you, your procedure will be booked. Before the procedure, you must:

  • Stop smoking: smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and hinders the healing process. It also increases your risk of tissue damage.
  • Stop some medications: medications such as aspirins and anti-inflammatory drugs are blood thinners which may increase bleeding during and after the procedure.

Depending on the scar, it can involve a non-surgical or surgical treatment, or in some cases both are required. During your personalised consultation, Dr Vincent Tay, a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, will be happy to discuss with you on the most suitable procedure to achieve your desired results.

What should I expect during the procedure?

This depends on the type of procedure suitable for your scar. In general, the steps are as follows:

  • Anaesthesia or numbing cream is applied to the treatment area
  • The appropriate treatment is performed to improve the appearance of your scar or improve functionality of your limb.
  • Once the procedure is completed, you will be monitored and depending on the extent of your procedure, you may be required to stay overnight for monitoring.

Depending on the scar, it can involve a non-surgical or surgical treatment, or in some cases both are required.

During your personalised consultation, Dr. Vincent Tay, a board-certified plastic surgeon will be happy to discuss with you the most suitable procedure to achieve your unique expectations and goals.

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The procedure should be carried in a safe environment and in an accredited clinic. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome could occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

who is a candidate

for Scar Revision

Individuals with the following issues are suitable for scar revision:

  • Affected by appearance of scar
  • Pain, itchiness, or tightness from scar 
  • Limited range of motion or function due to scar
  • Undue friction and discomfort with clothes due to scar

What to expect?

for Scar Revision

  • After the procedure, you may be required to wear compression garments at the scar revision area for a few weeks, this ensures optimal results.
  • You may also be required to utilise a taping protocol for at least four weeks.
  • You will be required to massage the scar and apply a special gel daily for at least three months after the wound heals.
  • During your follow-up, your revised scar healing will be monitored, and additional treatments may be required if necessary.
  • You may return to most light activity in two weeks and must avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least six weeks. 
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