Scar Revision procedures can minimise the appearance of scars. In some cases, Scar Revision can even enhance the function of the treated site by alleviating the stiffness of the skin. The primary goal of treatment is to minimise the scar so it is more consistent with the surrounding texture and skin tone.
The extent of scar improvement that can be obtained with Scar Revision will rely upon the degree of your scarring, location, size and type of scar. For some patients, one technique may provide significant improvement. However, Dr Magnusson may suggest a combination of Scar Revision methods to achieve optimal results.
Depending on the kind of scar, various procedures are used for scar revision. These procedures will be administered under general or local anaesthesia. There are standard modalities that we apply to all patients to maximise the outcome of their scar.
The most common procedures include:
- Skin Grafting – The skin grafting procedure replaces the damaged skin with a healthy area of skin taken from another part of the body.
- Laser Surgery – Various lasers are utilised to flatten, smooth or remove unusual discolouration of the overlying skin of the scar.
- Surgical Keloid Tissue Removal – This surgery precisely excises the keloid tissue, a skin graft may be used to conceal the area.
- Z – Plasty – A scar revision technique where a Z-shaped incision is created. This technique is used to minimise the skin ‘pull’ in case of a contracture. Z-Plasty can also be used to blend the scar into the natural folds and creases of the surrounding skin.
- Skin Flap Surgery – Skin Flap surgery is where the skin, blood vessels, underlying fat and sometimes the muscle, are moved from a healthy part of the body to the location of the scar.
- Tissue Expansion – Tissue expansion is combined with Skin Flap surgery; the amount of existing tissue is increased for reconstructive reasons.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Scar Revision?
To determine if you are a suitable candidate for Scar Revision, you should schedule a consultation with Dr Magnusson particularly when your scars are noticeable even after the wound heals, and you have tried all noninvasive measures.
Dr Magnusson may recommend Scar Revision after considering a number of factors, such as:
- Maturity of scars
- The overall health of the patient
- Distortion, pigment and alignment of scars
- Stretch mark or scar orientation and location
- Healing ability
Candidates for Scar Revision usually have one of the following:
- A scar that is excessively wide.
- A scar that is significantly lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding skin.
- A scar that is irregularly shaped.
- A scar that notably protrudes or is indented from the surrounding skin.
Book an appointment for scar revision in Brisbane, Toowoomba or the Gold Coast
A/Prof Magnusson can discuss a scar revision procedure with you and provide you with information regarding risks and recovery times at your initial consultation. He has assisted patients in Brisbane and throughout Queensland. Request an appointment by contacting reception at either his Toowoomba or Gold Coast clinics today.