Scars are the body’s natural response to injury and trauma and while not all scarring is anything to worry about, specific scars can have a noticeable effect on your appearance.
Fortunately, there are a number of surgical and non-surgical options for reducing the appearance of various types of scars.
A/Prof Magnusson specialises in an array of scar revision techniques that can help create smoother skin that instills confidence.
The scar revision procedure
The scar revision technique that is used will depend on the type of scar and will be performed under either general or local anaesthesia. There are standard modalities that we apply to all patients to maximise the outcome of their scar revision procedure.
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 and a skin graft may be used to conceal the area.
- Z – Plasty – This revision technique requires a z-shaped incision and 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 even the muscle is 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.
All scar revision procedures are day procedures, which means patients can go home shortly afterwards.
To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for scar revision, you will need to schedule a consultation with A/Prof Magnusson. The best time to schedule a consult is when your scars are noticeable even after the wound heals and you have tried all non-invasive measures.
A/Prof Magnusson may recommend this procedure 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.
Scar revision results
Scar Revision procedures can minimise the appearance of scars. In some cases, it can even enhance the treated site by alleviating the stiffness of the skin. The primary goal of these procedures is to minimise the scar, ensuring it is more consistent with the surrounding texture and skin tone.
The extent of improvement that can be obtained will depend on the degree of scarring, location, size and type of scar. For some patients, one technique may provide significant improvement but in other circumstances, a combined approach will be required.
frequently asked questions
How much does scar revision cost?
Are there any risks and complications associated with scar revision?
What can I expect during my recovery?
Localised swelling, discomfort and some discolouration are all common after most scar revision procedures. These effects shouldn’t last longer than two weeks though. As the scar slowly heals, it will slowly fade away, leaving you with smoother, more even skin. If you’ve undergone any procedures such as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or chemical peels, the treated area will also be sensitive for a week or two. A/Prof Magnusson will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions that are specific to the treatments you’ve chosen.
How long before I see results?
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.