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.
Types of Scars
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.
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"I had heard of Dr. Chidester through so many people that I knew exactly who I wanted to do my surgery when I finally took the plunge. He’s incredibly professional, kind, knowledgeable and fun. His staff is the same way. I was comfortable going under the knife and knowing that the results would be amazing. The entire process was easy and simple. He even responded to my crazy drug fueled rage after the surgery. You won’t be disappointed! That is if you can nab an appointment. 10/10"- T.L. / Google / Nov 13, 2020
"Dr. Chidester is amazing! He was very attentive to all of the many questions and concerns I had. The cost of the procedures I had done were reasonably priced and I definitely feel like I got the results I paid for. He has a fantastic office staff and nurses who answer emails on the weekends! They truly care about their patients and are willing to help as soon as they can. 100% recommended!!! I am so happy I chose him for my plastic surgery."- A.M. / Google / Nov 12, 2020
"Dr chidester is amazing! He pays great attention to detail and made sure I felt taken care of and all my questions were answered. He did my breast reconstruction case which has always made me feel self conscious. I had been to other consultations with plastic surgeons. He is the only one I felt so comfortable with. Also, he had other options that no one had offered me. He is a really popular and great plastic surgeon and think it’s great he said yes to my case! He never promises perfection but comes pretty close to it! I feel pretty great and my confidence has gone up so much! Safe to say he will always be an important part of my journey through life and his knowledge and expertise will always have a positive impact on my life and others. His office staff as well always had time to answer all my questions along the way and were very kind."- N.I. / Google / Nov 09, 2020
"Nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Chidester and his amazing staff! I have never had a doctors office be so accommodating and quick at responding to my needs and questions. Dr. Chidester did everything he could to make sure I ended up getting exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled with my results!"- M.P. / Google / Nov 06, 2020
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.
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 to Expect
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.
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, CareCredit, 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.