At Wotowic Plastic Surgery in San Ramon, scar revision is frequently performed to help patients address cosmetic and medical concerns associated with scars. Scar revision can significantly improve the appearance of a scar and can help patients regain healthy function of the treatment area after an injury.
What Is a Scar?
Scar formation is a universal physiologic response to skin injury. The inflammation, fibroplasia, and collagen remodeling that occurs can vary greatly among people depending on the mechanism of injury, the prior closure technique, and ethnic profile of the patient.
While some scars can be unnoticeable, others can be painful, raised, irregular, hyperpigmented, or chronically irritated, and occur in unsightly locations that make them noticeable. In addition, many scars, especially surgical scars will heal as a straight line, which when contrasted with the curves of the face, breast, abdomen, or extremities make them glaringly obvious.
What Is Scar Revision?
Scar revision can be an option for reducing the appearance of a scar. Revising the scar often consists of excising the old scar and then relocating and readjusting the level of the scar or irregularizing the “straightness” of the scar to a more cosmetic location within a skin fold or along a parallel of a natural body line.
Although the scar can never be histologically totally eliminated, almost all scars can be significantly improved. When using specialized topicals, such as impregnated sheeting, most scars can be made flat with a minimum of persistent inflammation.
How Much Does Scar Revision Cost?
The cost of a scar revision procedure is based on the severity of the scar, the type of scar, and the procedure(s) needed to best minimize its appearance. The price of your specific scar revision treatment will be reviewed with you at your consultation. Scar revision can be covered by insurance when scars cause a limitation of motion or an encumbrance of one’s activity.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are bothered by the appearance of a scar or experience difficulty performing certain activities due to the presence of a scar, scar revision may be the ideal solution. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Wotowic, a board-certified plastic surgeon and acclaimed provider of scar revision in San Ramon.