Scar revision surgery drastically minimizes the visual appearance of a facial laceration scar. A facial laceration is a cut or tear in the soft tissue of your face or neck. Neck and facial scarring is often the result of severe acne, trauma, injury, or surgery like skin cancer resection. Scarring may also occur as a result of previous plastic surgery procedures such as facelift, rhinoplasty, neck lift, or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Scars that occur as a result of injury or surgery often visibly remain after the wound has healed. Poor healing may result in unsightly and disfiguring scars. Even wounds that heal well often leave a noticeable trace. Facial scarring may cause significant functional problems for patients when located closely to the lips, eyelids, ears, or nose. Repairing this damage requires a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with expertise like Dr. Mitchell Blum who will evaluate the damage and severity of the facial laceration, and work with you to recommend the best course of action.
Who is a Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?
Healthy men, women, and children seeking to minimize a small or large scar on their face and / or neck may be excellent candidates for scar revision surgery. Younger patients may be candidates based on various factors, including medical history and emotional maturity. During a consultation, an experienced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon like Dr. Blum will work with you to help determine the best course of action that will deliver the most appealing results.
What is the Recovery like from Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar revision may be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and severity of the case. Dr. Mitchell Blum practices only the most state-of-the-art techniques and a variety of treatment modalities to resolve any functional and cosmetic impairment. Results will be almost invisible in appearance. More complicated deformities may require a series of separate treatments.
Scar revision surgery of the face and neck is accomplished in an outpatient setting. Most patients return home after only a few hours. Mild redness and discomfort are common for 1-2 weeks following surgery, depending on the severity of the case. Healing will continue over time as the new scar heals and fades in appearance. Additional skin care treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels will help improve cosmetic results. Dr. Mitchell Blum will discuss options with you and answer any questions about scar revision during your consultation.
Scar revision surgery of the face and neck is an art. Those patients considering scar revision surgery should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. Dr. Mitchell Blum is double Board certified in both Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Blum is only one of a few San Francisco East Bay Plastic Surgeons with the expertise to offer patients the best cosmetic result while protecting proper function and movement of their face and neck.