What types of scars are there?
When a wound or cut heals it can cause scars, this is a normal process. This may occur following an injury or from surgery. However, when wound healing doesn’t go well the scar may be unattractive or even cause problems with movement.
Although it is impossible to completely remove a scar, scar revision surgery can change its appearance by blending it in with the surrounding skin. If the tightness of the scar is causing movement problems, scar revision surgery can help by reducing the tightness caused by the scar.
Steps to take if you have a scar that is causing you a problem
The first step is to make an appointment to see Dr McMillan. You can either meet with Dr McMillan at his private rooms in Fernbrae House, Dunedin or in Invercargill. Dr McMillan will discuss your personal goals in relation to scar revision surgery, and talk through the different options. This is an important step, not only outlining your expectations but also developing your relationship with Dr McMillan as you work together to achieve your goals.
What happens during scar revision surgery?
Scar revision surgery can be done under local or general anaesthetic. This will be performed either at Fernbrae House or Mercy Hospital, Dunedin.
Where the surgical cuts are made will depend on the type of scar, where it is located and the outcome you’re looking for.
Once the scar revision surgery is completed, sutures and a dressing will be put in place. Scar revision surgery is a day procedure. You will not need to stay in hospital overnight.
There may be some tenderness at the surgical site. Depending on the site and size of the wound you may have some restrictions to your movements for a short period of time.
Dr McMillan will discuss with you any steps you need to take during this period to promote good healing for the wound to reduce the scarring.
Dr McMillan will discuss wound care after scar revision surgery, and it is expected that over time the scar appearance will improve and be almost unnoticeable.
Risks and complications
As will all procedures there are risks with scar revision surgery. Dr McMillan will discuss all of these with you during your consultation and answer your questions.
Cost of scar revision surgery
There is a cost to having a scar surgically revised done privately. The exact figure will depend on a range of factors but generally the cost is between $750 and $1,700. ACC will probably fund scar revision required secondary to trauma that has been lodged with ACC.
If you have a scar you are not happy with, start the journey to better function or appearance; get in contact to make an initial consultation with Dr McMillan about scar revision surgery.