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
"I came in from out of state to have my procedures done with Dr. Virden. He is extremely personable, knowledgeable and confident in what he does. On the day of my pre-op, as I was flying into Reno, my flights were diverted and delayed and I didn't get in until late. Dr, Virden went above and beyond to meet with me outside of normal office hours to make sure I was ready and confident for surgery the next morning. He is caring and attentive and checked in on me over the weekend after the surgery. I'm extremely happy with my results. My breasts look amazing and my tummy flat! I have had minimal pain after surgery and I attribute that to having an extremely skilled surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Virden!"- Google User / Google / Nov 22, 2016
"Dr. Virden and his wife are both lovely people. I felt very comfortable, and they both took their time in answering any questions I had. They really get on a personal level with you and do not make you feel like nothing more than a patient, I felt like a friend. Thank you. I would highly recommend and also will be back myself."- D.K. / Google / Mar 01, 2019
"I was recommended Dr. Virden by a friend for my breast reduction surgery and i’m so glad I went with him. Not only was he professional and exceptionally nice, his staff were amazing as well. Everyone made me feel so comfortable and welcomed. Dr. Virden did an excellent job with the procedure as well. I’m so thankful for him and everyone in that office. They changed my life. I highly recommend!!"- A.M. / Facebook / Feb 10, 2019
"I can't say enough about Leah at Dr. Virdens office. She is kind, gentle, and very knowledgeable. She makes you feel completely comfortable and you know she genuinely cares about you during and after your procedure. I had BBL and she checked on several times after. I'm so pleased the the outcome. I will definitely be a returning to this office."- J.S. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2019
"Dr Virden is incredible. If you are looking for natural look, he's your doctor. He did upper and lower eyes on me. I look much younger and I love the results. Very natural looking too in that you can't tell I had surgery at all. Highly recommend!"- R.M. / Google / Jan 16, 2019
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.