Scar revision

The origin of the word ‘scar’ can be traced to Greek word “eskhara” . The word ‘scar’ was first used in English in the 14th century.

A scar can be defined as a fault or blemish resulting from some former condition, wound, sore or burn. Scar formation is an inevitable consequence of wound healing in which the normal skin is replaced by a fibrous tissue.

The aesthetic appearance of a scar is the most important criteria to judge the surgical outcome. An understanding of the anatomy and wound healing along with experience, meticulous planning and technique can reduce complications and improve the surgical outcome. Scar revision does not erase a scar but helps to make it less noticeable and more acceptable. Both surgical and non-surgical techniques, used either alone or in combination can be used for revising a scar. In planning a scar revision surgeon should decide on when to act and the type of technique to use for scar revision to get an aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Common side effects can include bruising, swelling and numbness which will usually subside as the area begins to heal.

There are more uncommon complications associated with surgery such as infection, haematoma, delayed healing and thick scarring.

After surgery, you will have dressings to protect the incisions and Dr. med. Strouthou may write a prescription to help control any pain or discomfort you experience during your recovery, if it’s necessary. The appearance of the scars will continue to improve over time.