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Scar Revision Surgery for Summer-Ready Skin

Published by DR. Bradley Ashpole

Attractive woman shows the back of her shoulder with large irregularly shaped keloid scar

Most people have some kind of scarring on their bodies from a childhood bicycle accident, major surgery, or something else. If you feel self-conscious about your body due to scarring, scar revision surgery may be an option for you.

As summer approaches and the weather invites us to wear less clothing, more of our superficial flaws are exposed. Now is a great time to address those pain points! Acne, surgery, and C-section scar revisions can help improve your confidence for the summer.

Scar Revision Techniques

Many different techniques can be used to reduce the appearance of scars. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will assess the scar. Together, you will discuss your cosmetic goals. The doctor will make a recommendation about which technique will yield the best results.

Typically, old scar tissue is removed to make the scar thinner and less visible. Depending on the size and location of the scar, the procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. To prevent scar thickening, you may be required to have steroid injections during surgery and at regular intervals afterward. Common scar revision procedures include:

  • Skin grafting
  • Local skin flaps
  • Z-plasty
  • Tissue expansion

Facial Scar Revision

Dermabrasion is most often used for the treatment of facial scarring. This involves scraping the top layers of the skin to leave a smooth surface. If any special preparation is required, that will be discussed at your consultation.

Woman wearing black underwear points to her c-section scar

Scar Revision Surgery Cost

The procedure used and the scar type, size, and location will all affect how much your procedure will cost. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a quote or estimate for your procedure. If skin grafting is necessary, the price may range from $500 to as much as $4,000.

To learn more about scar revision surgery, please contact Ashpole Plastic Surgery. Reach out online or call us to schedule your consultation.

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