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In the course of life, the skin can get injured and scars will remain. Just as birthmarks are unique for every human being, so are scars. They tell our story. Scars develop for various reasons and can appear in different shapes and sizes and on every part of the body. What a “mature” scar looks like in the final stage depends on the type of injury, the localisation and the individual wound healing process.
Many scars are inconceivable, belong to us and do not disturb us any further. However, scars can be cosmetically disturbing. Even small scars on the face can be an aesthetic problem, whereas they would not be noticed anywhere else on the body. However, scars can also hurt and lead to restrictions in movement due to contractures. Here a scar revision becomes necessary for functional reasons.
Scar revisions belong to the classic procedures of reconstructive surgery. There are a variety of techniques that can be used and combined depending on the scar, its type and localization. It should be emphasized that a scar cannot be completely removed or made invisible. It can be corrected so that it is less conspicuous or no longer causes discomfort or functional problems.
Do you have a scar that aesthetically disturbs you? Do you have a scar that hurts you or even restricts your movements? Then a scar revision could offer an improvement or solution.
After a scar revision for aesthetic reasons, the new scar should be more cosmetically appealing and less conspicuous. After a functional scar revision, the discomfort and/or limitation should be at least partially corrected.
In a detailed consultation we will decide together whether an surgical scar correction is suitable for you or whether alternative treatment options can achieve a better result. We will examine and assess your scar, its localisation and inquire about its cause. Our experience enables us to advise you in detail on the various options for scar correction, but also on alternative options such as lipofilling or laser therapy, and to offer the ideal treatment for your needs. It is very important to us to illuminate all sides and consequences of an operation and to advise you on all your questions. Our many years of experience help us to understand your goals and set them in relation to the possibilities that suit you best.
Of course, we will take photos and inquire about your detailed medical history in order to identify possible contraindications for the procedure at an early stage.
Depending on the initial situation, scar revisions may be covered by your health insurance.
The duration oft he procedure depends on the extent of the operation and lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour. It is usually performed under local or general anaesthesia in our certified operating theatre as a outpatient procedure. Once you have recovered from the operation and eaten a bite, you can return home the same day. We recommend that you be picked up by an accompanying person and not be alone during the first postoperative night.
As with any surgical procedure, you will feel slight pain in the first few days. We will provide you with painkillers and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The first check-up usuallytakes place the day after the surgery. Usually after 5-7 days on the face and after 14 days on the body we will remove the stitches. We will then see you again after 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months. A scar is typically “mature” after one year.
Every operation involves surgical and anesthesia-related risks. There is an increased risk of surgical complications, especially for patients who smoke or suffer from obesity or diabetes.
Risks associated with any surgical procedure
If you are interested in a scar revision, we will be happy to assist you as an objective consultant. It is important for us to give you a comprehensive picture of the procedure. In a consultation, we discuss the possibilities and risks with you. This discussion provides you with a serious basis on which to make a fundamental decision for or against an intervention.