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.
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What Are the Benefits of Facial Scar Revision?
Facial scar revision surgery is a transformative procedure that offers significant benefits for those self-conscious about scars on their face or experiencing functional problems due to scarring. Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, utilizes various techniques to improve both the appearance and function of facial scars. Below are the key benefits of facial scar revision:
- Aesthetic enhancement
- Boosted confidence
- Restoration of function
- Long-term results
- Emotional healing
Whether caused by trauma, accident, previous surgery, or other factors, facial scar revision can make a significant difference in both appearance and overall well-being.
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.
Facial Scar Revision FAQ
How do the types of scars impact the approach used in facial scar revision?
The type of scar greatly influences the technique Dr. Anthony E. Brissett will use during the procedure. For example, raised scars might require dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing to make them smoother, while keloid scars may need surgical removal. Each scar's unique characteristics dictate the most suitable approach, ensuring the most effective transformation.
What should patients do to prepare for facial scar revision surgery?
Preparation may include a consultation with Dr. Brissett to discuss the scar's history and the desired outcome. Patients may also be advised to avoid certain medications, alcohol, or smoking before the procedure. Clear instructions will be provided for preoperative care, aligning with the specific type of scar and chosen surgical technique.
How are the post-surgery recovery and aftercare managed?
After facial scar revision surgery, patients can expect some pain, discomfort, redness, swelling, and bruising. They will need to keep their head elevated while sleeping and avoid strenuous activities for the first week or so. Dr. Brissett will provide detailed aftercare instructions and schedule multiple follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process. This hands-on approach ensures proper recovery and maximizes the final results.
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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.