While there are no medical or surgical method can remove a scar completely, Surgery can often improve the comfort, function and appearance of a scar by making it less noticeable or easier to conceal.
2-3 weeks depending on the size and location of the scar
After removal of the stitches, your may be required to keep the fresh scar taped with a special type of dressing to protect the scar from spreading and to obtain a better cosmetic result.
Risks and Possible Complications
Surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.
Some possible complications and risks associated with scar revision surgery may include:
- Risks of anaesthesia including allergic reaction or potentially fatal cardiovascular complications such as heart attack
- Bleeding or infection that requires treatment with antibiotics
- Formation of a blood-filled swelling beneath the wound (haematoma) that requires draining
- Excessive pain that may signal the development of a wound infection, a haematoma or stiches that have become too tight due to postoperative inflammation and swelling
- Allergic reaction to suture materials, tape adhesive or other medical materials and lotions
- Keloid or hypertrophic scarring can recur following scar revision surgery
- Lack of improvement after revision surgery. The scar may not be any better than the original scar, this could lead to disappointment
- Need for further surgery to treat complications