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Scar Revision Surgery

in Phoenix, AZ

Many people have noticeable scars after trauma, injury, or surgery. This can be a source of self-consciousness or an unwanted reminder of a traumatic event, especially when scars are located on the face, neck, or other prominent area. Through careful, advanced surgical techniques, plastic surgeons like Dr. Christian Paquet can help patients remove or reduce unwanted scarring. Patients can turn to Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona for scar revision procedures.

What is Scar Revision Surgery?

Scar revision surgery is intended to minimize a scar so it is less visible or conspicuous. Through scar revision surgery, a plastic surgeon can remove excessive scar tissue and carefully repair the skin in such a way that new scarring is less noticeable. In many cases, scar revision surgery is paired with treatments such as steroid injections or laser resurfacing to further reduce the scar. 

Who is a Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?

Many patients who have noticeable scarring after a surgery or injury are candidates for scar revision surgery. Prior to your scar revision surgery, Dr. Paquet will review your health history to ensure that you can safely undergo the procedure. You should be prepared to share information about any medical conditions, allergies, or medications that you take during the consultation. It is also important to have realistic expectations about the surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Paquet will explain reasonable expectations for your results. While it is not typically possible to completely remove all scarring, careful techniques should result in much less noticeable scars. 


“I cannot express how thrilled I am with Dr. Paquet and his staff. My fiancé and I met with Dr. Paquet in January 2022, and we knew immediately that this doctor and his staff would be the right choice. From consultation to the procedure to follow-up care, we have never felt like a number. I couldn’t be happier with my results (and just in time for my engagement photos!).”


The Scar Revision Surgery Procedure

Scar revision may be performed with local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. This depends on the extent of the scarring and surgery; Dr. Paquet will advise your best option. Once anesthesia has taken effect, incisions can be made to remove the old scar tissue. The incisions are then closed layer-by-layer using internal absorbable sutures. This advanced technique results in reduced visible scar tissue as the skin heals. As needed, Dr. Paquet may also recommend techniques such as steroid injections or laser resurfacing after patients have healed from their scar revision surgery. 

Recovery After Scar Revision Surgery 

Most patients are immediately ready to return to non-strenuous routines after their scar removal procedure, though some redness, swelling, and soreness or tenderness are expected. In most cases, sutures will remain in place for about six days before patients return to see Dr. Paquet for a post-op appointment. Redness typically persists for about one to two weeks after the surgery before gradually fading as the scar heals. Dr. Paquet will monitor healing progress and recommend follow-up treatments as needed. He will also offer advice to care for the incision after your scar removal procedure. Be sure to avoid excess sun exposure and apply SPF daily to avoid unnecessary discoloration or hyperpigmentation. 

Schedule a Consultation 

To learn more about scar revision surgery or other options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paquet. Call Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona or contact us online to set up your first appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for scar revision?

Good candidates for scar revision surgery are those with a visible and prominent scar they are bothered by. You should also be in good overall health, not have any medical conditions that may affect the surgery or the healing process, and have realistic expectations.

Is scar revision painful?

Because local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia is administered before surgery begins, you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may experience some discomfort, but your doctor will prescribe pain medication if necessary.

Is there anything I should do after surgical scar revision?

After surgery, you'll want to avoid excess sun exposure and apply SPF daily to avoid the possibility of discoloration or sun damage. You'll also want to wash the wound gently to keep it clean and re-dress the wound as needed.

Can surgical scar revision be combined with other treatment?

Surgical scar revision is often combined with steroid injections and laser resurfacing to help further diminish the appearance of the scar.

Will I need to take any time off work after scar revision surgery?

If you have a non-strenuous job, you can return to work the day after surgery, although you may still be experiencing some redness, swelling, and soreness. Most patients take a few days off to rest as they start to heal and recover.

Ready to take the first step?

Contact us today if you are ready to take the first step or have any questions! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paquet by contacting us online or by calling us directly at 602-726-6310.


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