Scar Revision

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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.

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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.

Scar Revision:

Scarring is an inevitable part of surgery and life. Everyone scars differently, with some blemishes being more visible than others. The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure of any kind is a personal one and requires the guidance and expertise of a professional. When consulting with A/Prof Mark Magnusson, he will take all of your concerns as well as your personal preferences into account before assisting you with a tailored treatment plan.

Suitable candidates

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?

Scar revision can be a complex procedure because every patient has slightly different requirements. Along with taking surgeon, anaesthetist and potentially hospital fees into consideration, the specific approach that will be used will also affect the overall cost of your procedure. In certain instances, ongoing scar management will be required to achieve the desired outcome. Scheduling a consultation with A/Prof Magnusson is the best way to obtain a more accurate quotation because it will be based on your specific needs. There is also a chance that patients can benefit from a Medicare rebate but specific criteria will need to be met first. During your consultation, you can find out more about what’s possible and how much of the total cost will need to come out of your own pocket.

Are there any risks and complications associated with scar revision?

All procedures, surgical or not, have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications associated with scar revision procedures include bleeding, infection, haematoma, allergic reactions to anaesthetic, excessive pain and further scarring. A/Prof Magnusson will take you through all of the potential complications and risks associated with the procedures you have in mind. By choosing the right surgeon and following the necessary aftercare instructions, there is no reason why you should experience any serious side effects.

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?

While the results of scar revision procedures are long-lasting, it can take several months to see the final results. In some cases, it can take up to a year before the skin has healed completely and the scar has faded. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important for patients to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved before they pursue any kind of cosmetic or surgical procedure.

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.