Unsightly facial and body scars can result from a variety of factors, including traumatic injury, burns, cuts, previous cosmetic procedures and a number of similar circumstances.
A scar is an overgrowth of fibrous tissue and blood vessels that often appear as red or purple lesions and can be difficult to treat. However, the latest scar revision techniques performed by top San Francisco scar revision specialists, Dr. Liu and his team, are giving Bay Area plastic surgery patients a unique opportunity to minimize the effects a scar can have on both their appearance, as well as emotional wellness. In addition to improving the appearance, scar revision surgery can often be utilized to restore function and correct disfigurement.
Who is a candidate for scar revision surgery in San Mateo / San Jose?
Advanced scar revision surgery techniques require a unique set of skills held by few plastic surgeons. Scar revision aims at improving the appearance of scar tissue for patients who may feel unattractive and self-conscious and/or individuals who may have limited mobility as a result of severe scarring. Massive injuries that lead to extensive loss of skin may form hypertrophic scars, which often restrict movement of the muscles, joints and tendons. Our team, whose surgical experience and aesthetic judgment is unsurpassed, specializes in treating an array of facial and body scars.
How is scar revision surgery performed?
Because the appearance and type of scar varies from one individual to another, scar revision surgery is a highly individualized procedure that is customized and often requires more than one treatment method. Scar revision surgery generally involves removal of excess scar tissue and repositioning the incision so that it heals in a less visible pattern. This type of surgery may also require a skin graft, which involves taking healthy skin tissue from one area of the body and attaching it to the affected area in order to make the scar appear less visible.
The Z-plasty scar revision technique is often utilized by best San Francisco / San Mateo plastic surgeons to relocate the scar along a natural fold or crease, thus minimizing its visibility. Depending on the type of scar and the complexity of treatment, scar revision surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia and may last anywhere from two to four hours, especially if a skin graft is needed.
A full post-bariatric body lift is a major, complex procedure that requires significant recuperation time. Most patients who undergo post-bariatric body lift stay at the Recovery Care Inn in San Mateo, an overnight surgical facility, where they can be closely monitored by their plastic surgeon and experienced medical staff. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are often associated with post-bariatric body lift surgery, as well as drainage tubes, which are usually removed two weeks following the procedure. Most San Jose / San Francisco body lift patients are able to return to work four to six weeks after surgery, with full recuperation time at two to three months.
In addition to scar revision surgery in San Francisco, our team offers a number of other minimally-invasive skin enhancement methods, often pursued by many San Francisco scar revision patients, including laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, (DermaSweep), and BOTOX injections. These advanced cosmetic enhancement techniques may also be used as touch-up treatments following scar revision surgery.
A Word About Financing...
Scar revision surgery can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Jasmine would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.
Scar revision surgery is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. Jasmine would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.