About Scar Revision
Scars can be caused by an accident or surgery, and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and forms. When they are on the face or visible areas of the body, scars can decrease a person's confidence or make them feel like it should be covered up. Scar revision surgery at the office of Charles P. Virden, MD in Reno, Nevada uses a variety of techniques to make the scar less visible or more attractive. For some scars, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Virden, may use photorejuvenation with Sciton® Forever Young BBL™, while others may be improved with laser skin resurfacing using the Sciton® JOULE™ ProFractional™ laser or Silikon® 1000 to fill pitted scars. Dr. Virden and his staff may also use a combination of treatments to make the scar smoother and closer to the appearance of the normal skin. Patients in Northeast Nevada and Northwest California, who want to improve a scar on their face or body, should call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Virden and learn more about their scar revision options.
The best candidates for scar revision:
- Have scars as a result of trauma, accident, previous surgery, or cancer
- Have extensive cosmetic issues due to the appearance of the scar
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
What to Expect
Various types of scars call for different techniques. When scars arise from a problem with a previous surgery, the original incision can be re-opened and the skin can be moved around to minimize the appearance of the scar. In some cases, the scar can be moved to a different location to make it less visible. With raised scars, laser skin resurfacing procedures can be used to remove the upper layers of skin to make the scar smoother and more even with the rest of the face. A liquid silicone can also be used to fill scars using a micro droplet technique. Pigmented scar typically benefit from a photofacial. Depending on the type of scar and its condition, the plastic surgeon will use general or local anesthesia. The surgery is considered outpatient, so the patient can return home the same day.
After surgery, pain, discomfort, redness, swelling, and bruising can be expected. If stitches were used, they are usually removed in the few days following surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities will need to be avoided for the first week or so. In addition, patients should keep the head elevated while sleeping. There will be multiple follow-up appointments so the surgeon can ensure the treatment site is healing properly. It can take up to a full year or more for the scar to fully heal and for the patient to notice full results.
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Minimize Your Scar
A scar can be the source of great anxiety and can cause you to miss out on a lot in life. With scar revision techniques, your appearance and self-esteem will both be boosted. To find out which technique is right for you, you can join our plastic surgeon for a thorough consultation. Contact our office today.