About Facial Scar Revision
Scars can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and forms. When they are on the face, scars can be especially noticeable and can cause a decline in confidence and an increase in anxiety, especially around others in public settings. Facial scar revision surgery greatly diminishes the appearance of scars and elevates confidence. Regardless of how a scar occurred, Houston, TX double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, uses all of the tools at his disposal to transform the appearance. Dr. Brissett commonly uses the surgery to help patients who have scars as a result of trauma, accident, previous surgery, cancer, or more.
Not only is scar revision surgery used to make a scar more aesthetically appealing, but can also relieve pain and restore function where nerve damage has occurred and sensation has been lost. Since the scar is often a reminder of the accident or incident that caused it, which can often be traumatic, it’s doubly important for some patients to minimize its appearance.
Facial Scar Revision Reviews
The best candidates for facial scar revision surgery:
- Have scars as a result of trauma, accident, previous surgery, or cancer
- Have a loss of function, such as nerve damage
- 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, dermabrasion and 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. Keloid scars, which are raised, can be surgically removed to improve the appearance.
Depending on the type of scar and its condition, the plastic surgeon will use general or local anesthesia. The surgery is considered outpatient, where the patient can return home the same day.
After surgery, pain, discomfort, redness, swelling, and bruising can be expected. Stitches 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 facial scar can be the source of great anxiety and can cause you to miss out on a lot in life. With facial scar revision surgery, 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.