Scar Revision Surgery Overview
Dr. Butterfield offers scar revision surgery to patients in the greater Aspen, Basalt, and Glenwood springs area who wish to minimize the appearance of an unsightly scar. While the majority of individuals have a scar somewhere on their body, some scars will be large enough or visibly misshaped, creating anxiety for patients when it is on display. Scar revision treatment improves the condition of a scar so that it becomes less noticeable. Patients who wish to reduce their scar should understand that this surgery does not make the scar disappear completely. It does, however, improve its appearance and make it more inconspicuous.
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"If i could give 100 stars, I would! Dr. Butterfield is a highly talented surgical artist with an eye for aesthetic perfection. From the moment I walked into her office, I felt confident in my decision to use Mt. Sopris Plastic Surgery. The waiting room and office were clean, comfortable and inviting while the office staff were knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. I was quite nervous on the day of my procedure especially once inside the procedure room; Nurse Bea recognized my anxiety quickly resolved it with reassurments the procedure was quick and painless. 14 gears ago, I pierced my ears and 12 years ago, I began gauging the holes. After getting married and having children (among many other reasons), I felt the droopy holes were no longer representative of the man I am today. Everytime I looked in the mirror, my ears reminded me of stupid decisions in the past. In just under 15 minutes per ear, Dr. Butterfield erased the dissatisfaction and regret I held onto for so many years c"- A. / Healthgrades / Jun 13, 2020
"Dr Butterfield is incredible in every way - from her understanding nature and gentleness towards patients to her knowledge about best practices with plastic surgery to her perfectionism with her work. Anyone in her care is in good hands. And the team of women who surround her add an extra layer of care, support and kindness to the experience."- M.S. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
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Types of Scars
There are various methods available to treat unsightly scars, but it helps to first understand the different kinds of scars.
- Superficial scars are the most subtle type of scars. They do not cause any issue other than an unsightly appearance.
- Keloid scars are larger, painful scars, which are often discolored and tend to extend beyond the edges of a wound.
- A hypertropic scar does not extend beyond the wound, but it continues to become larger, thicker, and more painful over time.
- A contracture scar develops over a larger section of skin creating a tight feel and impairing one’s ability to move. A severe burn is an example of this.
Scar Revision Surgery Surgical Technique
Scar revision treatment will be chosen based on the scar’s location, type, size and overall extent. There are various techniques to consider.
Scar Revision Surgery During/After Surgery
All scar revision procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility. Some procedures will require general anesthesia, but most will only need local anesthesia. Following this procedure, patients will need to adhere to a daily scar treatment regime so the wound site and new scar can heal. It is important to protect this area of skin from sun exposure to avoid any further skin discoloration. While this treatment does not fully eliminate a scar, the visible imperfections are certainly minimized. Most patients feel more confident exposing the section of skin where the unsightly scar once resided.
Scar Revision Surgery Expected Cost
The cost for scar revision treatment varies depending on what type of procedure was performed. Unfortunately, this can range from several hundred dollars for a skin resurfacing treatment, to several thousand for a surgical procedure.
For scars that are raised, a shave excision may be performed to remove the top of the scar and even-out the surface with the rest of the skin. This creates a smoother, flatter appearance. During the procedure, a surgical shaver is used to slowly shave off the raised portion of the scar. Sutures are not needed in most shave excision cases.
This is also a technique used for raised scars. It can be accomplished a couple of different ways. First, is the elliptical removal pattern. This involves removing the scar as well as an edging (ellipse) of skin encompassing the scar so a clean enclosure can be made. The sutures may be placed on the inside or outside of the skin. Sometimes a scar exists because the incision was closed poorly. By reopening the scar and resuturing the skin in a different direction, the new scar can be minimized.
Skin Grafting/Tissue Expansion
Large scars may require a skin graft (skin taken from another area on the body) to close the wound once the scar has been removed. Carefully placed sutures will be used around the graft to close and blend the skin together for healing. If a skin graft will not be used, tissue expansion may be used instead. During this process, a tissue expander will be placed under the skin where the scar resides and filled with a sterile solution. Once the expansion process is complete, the surgeon will stretch and join the edges together and place sutures carefully into the tissue wall.
Scars that are depressed or concave may benefit from a filler material known as injectable derma filler. There are a wide variety of fillers on the cosmetic surgery market that may be considered. Collagen is a common filler used for scar revision. During the procedure, the injectable material will be injected into the skin through a syringe. The surgeon may manipulate the outside of the skin to help shape the surface accordingly.
Some scars can be treated with a series of skin rejuvenation treatments, which can soften the surface of the skin, smooth out uneven scarring, reduce uneven pigmentation and lighten the skin where needed. Some scars may even become non-existent because of the skin removal mechanism. Skin surface treatments include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and skin bleaching.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $500 - $1,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location