Scars are permanent reminders of injury that can linger long after a wound has fully healed. Men and women who have suffered trauma to the skin and have unsightly scars as a result can turn to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell.
At both of his Northern Mississippi offices, Dr. Shell frequently performs scar revision on people seeking aesthetic improvement. Dr. Shell has extensive training and uses various techniques to improve both the appearance and texture of visible scars.
Who is the Right Candidate for Scar Revision?
If you are self-conscious about a visible scar anywhere on your body, then you may be a potential candidate for scar revision. Scar revision can:
- Reduce the size of a large scar
- Improve the texture of an existing scar
- Enhance self-esteem
The best candidates for scar revision will also possess good overall physical and psychological health, in addition to realistic expectations of scar revision. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will determine if scar revision is right for you based on an examination of your scar, your medical history, and your cosmetic goals.
There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any surgical procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with scar revision:
How should I prepare for my scar revision procedure?
Based on your surgical plan, Dr. Shell will provide you will specific pre-operative instructions. You may be required to get lab testing or a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medication regimen, stop smoking well in advance of surgery, and/or discontinue taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory medications which may increase bleeding during surgery.
How does scar revision work?
Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will work with you to design an individualized surgical plan. There are various procedures and removal techniques that may be implemented to revise, reduce or correct your scar. In some cases, a non-surgical method, such as skin resurfacing or injectable treatments, may be the best choice for you.
If surgery is required, Dr. Shell will choose from a variety of techniques such as fusiform excision surgery, partial or serial excision surgery, local flap surgery or tissue expansion. Through these techniques, Dr. Shell will either be able to remove the scar tissue using a specialized scalpel in one or more surgeries, or he will use the skin surrounding the scar to obscure the scarred region.
What should I expect during recovery?
The length of your recovery will depend on the extent of your procedure. Dr. Shell will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions. It is common for scar revision patients to experience some tenderness, tightness, and swelling following surgery. The final results of your scar revision surgery will be permanent, though it may take several months to a year before the final results are visible. The new scar will require time to heal and fade.
Are there any risks associated with scar revision?
Scar revision is considered safe, but as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks. Some risks related to scar revision may include wound dehiscence, infection, or a recurrence of the original scar. Dr. Shell will provide you with further details on these risks during the consultation process.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for scar revision?
During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about scar revision in Oxford, Mississippi? Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with an office in Oxford, MS. Call 662-236-6465 today or email us to set up a consultation.