What is Scar Revision?
Scars can serve as a timeline of our lives, bearing witness to everything from childhood bike races to celebratory cocktails taken too far. But despite their existence as reminders of the good and bad times, scars can not only leave us feeling self-conscious and impede us from feeling and looking our best, but can also affect our functionality, depending on the area that is scarred. There are a number of ways to lessen the appearance of scars and increase functionality so that we feel more comfortable and confident.
If your scar is painful or itchy, causes you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious, is in a location that impedes movement or function, or causes uncomfortable friction, you may want to seek out scar revision surgery or treatment. Certain surgical procedures may also leave behind uncomfortable scars, and you may find yourself seeking treatment for things like a tummy tuck scar revision or c-section scar revision.
Treating scars is not a one-size-fits-all approach and depends on the type and severity of the scar. Treatments exist on a range, and can include everything from non-surgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery. On one end, there are topical treatments, which include gels, tapes or methods of compression. These approaches tend to aid in wound healing and pigment reduction. Dermal filler injections are also an option for indented or depressed scars, and need to be treated regularly to maintain results. Steroid injections can also be used to improve the look and size of scars. Other moderately invasive treatments include laser treatments, chemical peels and dermabrasion. These treatments work by reducing uneven pigmentation or removing the top layers of skin to reduce the appearance of scars.
On the other end is surgical excision, where an incision is made along the current scar, the scar tissue is excised, and a precise method of wound closure is utilized in a layered approach to prevent excess skin tension.
Does Insurance Cover Scar Revision?
Typically, health insurance will not cover scar revision surgery or treatments, though you should always check your policy to be sure. Scar revision costs will of course vary by treatment, type of scar and your choice of doctor, so it’s important to do your research to ensure you’re receiving the best possible treatment for your budget. If surgical scar revision is your recommended treatment, Dr. Barrett has a carefully curated postoperative scar regimen to ensure the least possible reminder of your scar remains.
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BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
Remove and replace of breast implants (Silicone, Bilateral); Left side scar revision; Liposuction on abdomen and flanks; Fat transfer to breasts
Bilateral Allergan SRX Style
Right Size: 400cc
Left Size: 400cc
Bilateral Mentor Moderate Profile Plus Smooth Silicone Implants
Right Size: 600cc
Left Size: 600cc
Right Breast: 300cc
Right Nipple and areola : 40cc
Left Nipple and areola : 40cc
Right Flank 1675cc
Left Flank 1700cc
Female, 26 yo, Latina
Bilateral Scar Revision to areolas