Scar Revision in Draper, UT

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What is a Scar Revision Surgery?

As a common skin problem, scars can appear on any part of the body. For some people, a scar is an unwanted reminder of a traumatic injury, bad memory, health condition, or a life-changing surgery. While most scars aren't an issue, certain scars can make you feel embarrassed or cause uncomfortable symptoms. For many patients, they can look too big or wide, bumpy, dark, raised, or recessed. Based on the scar placement and its condition, scar revision surgery can dramatically improve how it looks. In Draper, UT, Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, performs scar revision surgery, which helps reduce the size and improve the appearance of your scar.

What Are The Benefits Of Scar Revision Surgery?

Scar revision surgery in Draper, UT performed by Dr. Chidester can substantially reduce the appearance of scars with several great benefits, including:

  • Treats most scar types
  • Offers multiple treatment options
  • Reduces even larger scars
  • Lightens darker scars
  • Improves skin texture
  • Addresses disfigurement
  • Lessens pain and discomfort

What Types of Scars Can be Treated with Revision Surgery?

Patients can have various types of scars. The type of scar determines the appropriate surgical technique. The most common types of scars that Dr. Chiddy treats include:

  • Superficial scars
    Superficial scars are the subtlest types. Superficial scars don't cause any issue other than a blemished appearance.
  • Keloid scars
    Keloid scars are bigger in size and can sometimes have painful symptoms. The skin around the scar tends to look discolored and grows past the edges of the original wound.
  • Hypertrophic scars
    A hypertrophic scar can also look large in size. Over time, they may start to thicken and grow larger. Usually, hypertrophic scars do not expand beyond the wound site.
  • Contracture scars
    A contracture scar is more complicated because it develops across a bigger area of the skin. A burn is an example of this type of scar. In many cases, a contracture scar feels stretched and also limits movement in some patients.

Is Scar Revision Right For You?

Anyone who has a scar that appears unsightly, bothersome, or causes insecurity and embarrassment may be good candidates for scar revision surgery. Before undergoing scar revision, Dr. Chiddy will help set realistic expectations. Usually, your scar reduces in appearance, but it won't completely go away. The type of surgery depends on several factors, such as the location of the scar, the type of scar, and the characteristics, like depth, shape, and size. After assessing your scar and listening to your cosmetic concerns, Dr. Chiddy will create a detailed treatment plan that addresses your needs.

How Does Scar Revision Work?

Dr. Chiddy performs scar revision surgery in his private AAAASF-accredited surgical suite. Depending on your scar type and the surgical technique, Dr. Chiddy uses local anesthesia or sedation. If you have a bumpy or thick scar, he may use a shave excision to even out and level the scar. For larger and raised scars, he can decrease the size by using an elliptical incision. This technique removes the scar, some of the tissue, and the surrounding skin. Next, the skin is stitched close with a thin, clean line. If you have a scar that exists because of improper closure, this type of technique can dramatically improve the appearance.

Often, large scars or contracture scars need a skin graft or tissue expansion. If this type of method is needed, the original scar is removed, which allows Dr. Chiddy to suture the healthy skin together. Also, if you have a "pitted" scar, Dr. Chiddy may use an injectable dermal filler to smooth the skin.

What Can I Expect After Scar Revision?

After a scar revision treatment, wound care is the most important part of the healing process. Dr. Chiddy or a member of his staff will provide detailed instructions to help you care for your wound so the revised scar appears thinner, lighter, and smaller. Please keep in mind that the scar will not entirely go away, but well-performed scar revision treatments can lead to a natural and softer appearance. Additionally, you may also experience some side effects, such as swelling, discoloration, or discomfort for about 1 – 2 weeks.

Scar Revision FAQ

Will scar revision surgery completely remove my scar?
No, it will not. Although scar revision surgery can significantly reduce the appearance of a wide variety of scar types, it cannot completely erase a scar. During your consultation, Dr. Chidester will explain what to expect and help you set realistic expectations. To achieve the best outcomes for clearer skin, post-surgery care is essential to reducing scar visibility.

Are there nonsurgical alternatives to scar revision surgery?
Yes, there are. Certain types of scars, such as concave or depressed scars can often be improved with dermal fillers. Depending on your scar type and needs, a suitable dermal filler will be injected into the scar site. Dr. Chidester can then massage and manipulate the filler until it achieves the best aesthetic outcome.

Can I combine my scar revision surgery with other procedures?
Yes, you can. There are multiple complementary procedures that can enhance the outcome of your scar revision surgery. Treatments such as dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and more can help you achieve clearer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin. During your consultation, Dr. Chidester will work with you to create the best treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Does scar revision surgery hurt?
No, most people do not find scar revision surgery painful. Dr. Chidester uses appropriate anesthesia and sedation options to help ensure your treatment is as easy and discomfort-free as possible. After your procedure is done, during the recovery phase some patients can experience soreness, itching, redness, or minor swelling that typically goes away in a short amount of time.

How long after my original scar has healed can I undergo scar revision?

The timing for scar revision surgery varies, but it's generally advisable to wait until the scar has fully matured, which often takes at least 6-12 months after the initial injury or surgery. This allows the scar to stabilize and ensures a more predictable outcome during the revision process. However, the optimal timing can depend on individual factors and the nature of the scar.

What are the potential risks of scar revision surgery?

Potential risks and complications associated with scar revision surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Recurrence of the scar
  • Allergic reactions
  • Anesthesia-related risks

While these risks are rare, Dr. Chiddy will discuss them in detail and provide postoperative care instructions to minimize potential complications.

What would disqualify someone from scar revision surgery?

Factors that may disqualify someone from scar revision surgery include an active skin infection, poor overall health, unrealistic expectations, and a known risk of poor scarring. A thorough consultation will be performed to assess individual candidacy for scar revision surgery and to discuss these and other potential factors that may mean surgical scar revision is not a suitable option for you.

Improve Your Scar's Appearance

If you have an unattractive scar that troubles you, Dr. Chiddy offers a variety of treatment techniques to make it less visible. After examining the size, shape, type, and depth of your scar, you will receive a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns. The front office team can provide information about the cost or financing through Prosper and Mountain America Credit Union. Using surgical techniques, Dr. Chiddy reshapes the scar and the surrounding skin for a more natural-looking appearance. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City area, we invite you to call our office in Draper, UT to schedule your scar assessment and consultation.

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