Scar Revision

Fairfax Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Fairfax, VA

If a previous injury or surgery left you with scarring that does not align with your aesthetic goals, scar revision is a great way to remodel your scars and create a more appealing outcome. At Fairfax Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sandra Fearrington, MD, offers scar revision as one of many surgical solutions that help women in and around Fairfax, Virginia, feel great about the appearance of their skin. Schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can book a visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.

Scar Revision Q & A

What is scar revision?

Scar revision is a procedure that helps your scars blend in with the surrounding skin. When the dermal layer of your skin sustains damage, your body quickly responds with an impressive wound repair process. New collagen fibers are produced and join to form a scar, or a new layer of skin.

Scars have a different texture and appearance than the surrounding skin. They usually fade to a pale color and flatten, although it’s possible to have scarring that is raised above or depressed below the surface of your skin.

There is no way to completely erase all evidence of scarring, but scar revision can vastly improve the appearance of many scars.

What are the goals of scar revision?

In an effort to help your scars blend in with the surrounding skin, Dr. Fearrington strives to create a new scar that is:

  • As thin or narrow as possible
  • Free from contour irregularities
  • Flat without distorting the surrounding skin
  • Located within or close to naturally occurring folds, wrinkles, or lines
  • As close to your natural skin tone as possible
  • In line with the natural skin tension lines

There are numerous tools and techniques to help achieve these goals. Dr. Fearrington evaluates your scarring to determine the best course of action.

Am I a good candidate for scar revision?

Many different factors influence how well your body will respond to scar revision. Some of those issues include:

  • Your age
  • Location of the scarring
  • Your ethnicity, skin tone, and how light reflects off your scar
  • The type of injury that led to scarring
  • How long ago the injury occurred
  • Type of scarring
  • How much skin was lost

It’s also important that you go into scar revision with a clear understanding of what to expect in terms of outcomes.

What happens during scar revision?

Dr. Fearrington is skilled in many different scar revision surgical techniques. In some cases, he excises the existing scar and a small portion of the surrounding tissue before carefully closing the new wound.

In other instances, the orientation and alignment of an existing scar must be altered. Deep sutures that slowly dissolve can bring underlying tissues together and allow Dr. Fearrington to close the outermost layer of skin with a series of tiny sutures.

Indented or concave scarring requires new volume to plump and smooth the scar tissue. Natural or synthetic filler materials can raise these depressed scars.

If you’d like to learn more about scar revision, call or schedule an appointment online today.