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Scar Revision Surgery

Surgery to Minimize Appearance of Scars

Scar revision is a procedure that can minimize an unsightly or non-aesthetic scarring. The procedure can make a scar less noticeable–essentially replacing the scar with a less prominent one.

If you are frustrated by a scar because of an injury or previous surgery; a scar revision may be a great option for you. Our trained medical team have performed thousands of scar revision procedures, helping many clients improve both their appearance and skin function.

Reasons for Scar Revision

Patients choose scar revision to minimize the appearance of scars caused by:

  • Injury
  • Burns
  • Surgery

Ideal candidates for scar revision are healthy and nonsmokers who are educated on the benefits and limitations of the procedure. If excisional scar revision is recommended, the procedure cannot be completed sooner than six months after the scar formation.

FAQ About Scar Revision in Washington DC

We’ve listed some of the frequently asked questions about scar revision at Cultura.

Please email or call our plastic surgery office to learn more about this procedure at 240-753-6598.

How Do Plastic Surgeons Reduce the Appearance of a Scar?

The scar or scars are evaluated, by our plastic surgery team, in order to address the best options. Our plastic surgeon can recommend and perform a variety of scar revision procedures. The appropriate technique depends on the type of scar, its size, age and other factors. Cultura can offer both surgical and non-surgical techniques, like lasers, to reduce the appearance of scars.

For some of these procedures, such as a flap surgery, the doctor may perform tissue extensions or expansion techniques, which help the skin to adequately stretch in order to make reconstruction possible.

What Are the Different Scar Revision Techniques?

Fusiform excision surgery: The doctor makes an ellipse-shaped incision around the scar and removes the tissue.

Partial or serial excision: The doctor makes an elliptical incision. If the scar cannot be removed entirely in one procedure, there are follow-up procedures to address the entire area.

Local flap surgery: If the surrounding skin can cover the scarred area, the doctor makes a Z or W-shaped incision to break up the scar, restoring function and reducing its appearance.


Are There Non-Invasive Ways to Reduce a Scar?

In some cases, patients may benefit from skin resurfacing with our energy laser technology or dermal injection treatments.


What Can Be Done About a Raised or Depressed Scars?

If you have a raised scar, your surgeon may gradually shave down the scar over time, then elevate the tissue to help match the surrounding skin, aesthetically.

If you have a small, rounded or depressed scar, your surgeon may use a skin graft to replace and reconfigure the scar. Skin is taken from a donor area or site on your body and used to raise the scarred area to be more level with the surrounding skin.


What Happens After Scar Revision?

After scar revision in Washington DC, your skin may feel tighter for a couple days and you may experience some mild swelling. Discomfort is normal, but can be safely managed with prescription medication.

The scar will be covered with appropriate dressings, which may need to be changed periodically. Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions after scar revision.

Please email or call our plastic surgery at (202) 237-9292 to schedule your appointment.

Please call our office or fill out the contact form to request your complimentary consultation with Dr. Kelly Bolden at Cultura.