About Scar Revision
Scar revision is a procedure that aims to minimize the appearance of a scar in terms of size, color, texture, and contour, to help it blend in better with the surrounding healthy skin.
The skin is a complex and highly specialized organ. Scars are what remains after a wound has healed, and can be due to injury or surgery. Poor healing can result in scars that are obvious, disfiguring, painful, or restrict movement.
Sometimes healed skin can result in abnormal scars, called hypertrophic scars, or keloids, in which the scar is raised and extends beyond the area of injury, creating firm scar tissue that can not only cause pain and itching, but can be unsightly
Scar Revision Evaluation
During the consultation, Dr. Mahmood will obtain a medical history including cause and age of the scar, surgical history, medications, and previous treatments to the scar, if any. She will examine the scar and surrounding skin, including areas that may also be affected by the scar, and discuss the best approach for treatment.
Scar Revision Surgery
If surgical scar revision is recommended, the procedure can be done under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. This depends on the type of scar, extent of surgery required, and patient preference.
The procedure option depends on the type of scar being addressed:
- Simple Scars: In these cases, the scar can be removed completely and the incision closed meticulously with a thin fine line, minimizing the risk of poor scarring. Another technique used is dermabrasion. In this, a device is used to remove the upper layer of skin, stimulating new healthy skin growth. This technique is used to remove superficial skin irregularities.
- Large Scars: Larger scars, such as burns or those caused by serious injury, necessitate a more extensive approach since the goal is both to improve the appearance of the scar, as well as correct the constriction, or tightness, of the scar and its effects on the surrounding skin. In these cases, more comprehensive reconstruction techniques may be needed, including a skin graft or the use of tissue flaps, which involve transferring healthy skin and tissue from other areas into the wound.
- Keloids: Keloids are challenging to treat because of their high rate of recurrence. Multiple treatment options are available including pressure, silicone gel patches, corticosteroid injections, surgery, and radiation therapy. Small keloids, or those in early stages, can be treated with less invasive options such as injection and silicone patches. Larger, or more persistent keloids, require combination treatment of surgical excision followed by radiation therapy, and this will be discussed in detail with you and Dr. Mahmood.
Results are noticed immediately after surgery, but the final outcome is appreciated approximately three months after surgery when any swelling has resolved and the scar has reached its final strength. Dr. Mahmood will see you closely in the post-operative time for follow-up appointments to ensure that the scar is healing well and that all measures are taken to optimize the best scar result.
Dr. Mahmood is a highly qualified, Board Certified, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with experience in scar revision surgery. Her skilled approach, coupled with advanced technology, leads to excellent results for patients desiring an improvement in the appearance of their scars.
Scar Revision Cost NYC
The cost of scar revision surgery varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcomes, so every case begins with a comprehensive scar revision consultation where Dr. Mahmood examines the patient and outlines surgery costs and considerations.
Contact us today to book your consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.