Scar revision is a surgery intended to minimize a scar, making its appearance less noticeable. In some cases, however, topical treatments or minimally invasive options, like chemical peels or laser treatments, are sufficient to reduce a scar’s appearance. In surgical scar revision, Dr. Falcon will remove the scar tissue entirely and use advanced suturing techniques to encourage the skin to heal with minimal scarring. Dr. Falcon’s Natrona Heights Office is located 15 miles from Fox Chapel and 20 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh.
Most patients who are unhappy with the appearance of a scar are good candidates for scar revision. However, it is frequently recommended for those who have complications or discomfort from scars. For example, some patients may have restricted movement because of larger or stiffer scar tissue. Others may have itching or other types of discomfort from scar tissue. Regardless, Dr. Falcon can evaluate your scars and determine whether scar revision is a good option for you.
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After surgical scar revision, you can expect swelling and discoloration at the incision site. Discomfort is also normal, but you can take pain medications as prescribed if necessary to stay comfortable. These symptoms usually last about one to two weeks after your procedure, but you should be able to return to work, school, or other normal activities sooner. Healing will continue for several weeks, and the new scar should be much smaller with less noticeable irregularities in color or texture compared to the original scar.
Healing after non-surgical options is typically shorter with fewer symptoms. After a chemical peel or laser treatment, for example, some redness and slight swelling are expected, as well as some peeling or flaking of the skin. Downtime is usually not required, except with some deeper chemical peels. Dr. Falcon can explain what you should expect with the treatment chosen for you.
Regardless of the technique used to revise your scar, it is important to avoid sun exposure through the recovery process. This will help the new scar heal well and be less conspicuous. Keep the area covered with protective clothing or stay in the shade as much as possible, and wear SPF daily.
In most cases, scar revision is not covered by health insurance. This will vary according to your plan, so it is best to carefully review your policy before moving forward with a scar revision procedure. Scar revision is sometimes covered, or partially covered, when the scar affects function. For example, those with excess scar tissue that prevents full range of motion may have their procedure covered in part by their health insurance plan. Dr. Falcon or your primary care doctor can help you better understand whether your procedure is considered medically necessary. If you have questions about financing, feel free to call our office.
To learn more about scar revision, schedule a consultation at Falcon Plastic Surgery. Call our office at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 10 miles from Irwin and 16 miles from Greensburg.
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