Revision of scars
What are the advantages?
The revision of scars helps to reduce the abnormal appearance of some scars but does not make them completely disappear.
Is it for me?
Before deciding to treat a scar, think about your expectations. Sometimes, by its mere presence, the scar brings back, consciously or not, painful memories related to the circumstances surrounding its appearance, such as the death of a loved one in an accident in which you have been involved. In this case, a scar revision will probably not lessen the pain felt.
What techniques were used?
The quality of healing can be influenced by many phenomena specific to each individual including age, genetics, the moment the scar is created, the tensions exerted on the scar, the thickness of the skin, infection, opening of the wound during the healing process, the reaction to certain types of stitches, the causes of the scar, the type of wound closure or the material used to close the wound.
We will tell you if an intervention is indicated in your case. Sometimes it is best to massage the scar, apply silicone, inject corticosteroids, laser treatments or combine surgery with radiotherapy. Several techniques can be used depending on the evolution of the situation. It can happen that nothing can be done to improve the appearance of the scar.
What can I expect?
During the consultation, we will inquire about your state of health and your expectations. She will ask you about the circumstances behind the scar and the complications that may have occurred later. It is important to inform if you have other scars that look abnormal or if members of your family tend to heal abnormally. She will examine not only the scar but the area where it is located. She will inform you of the possible options, the risks and the expected results.
If an intervention is necessary, we will explain the risks inherent to the intervention, will inform you about its progress, generally under local anesthesia, and will give you pre- and postoperative instructions.
The duration of the intervention depends on the extent of the scar. You will then be under observation until your condition allows you to leave the clinic. Depending on the case, it may be better to ask someone to drive you home.
When local anesthesia dissipates, you may experience some pain for which medication will be prescribed in case acetaminophen is insufficient. we may advise you to stop work or reduce your sport for a while.
What are the risks?
Although revision of scars involves little risk, there may be infection, bleeding or opening of the wound. In rare cases, it may happen that the scar is not improved by surgery and, in exceptional cases, it is worse than before surgery.