ABC7’s The More in the Morning team spoke with Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, about scar revision. Dr. Kim explained the different types of scars and the types of treatment that can be used to get rid of scars. He also spoke about what makes a good candidate for scar revision.
What is Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar revision is surgery to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function and corrects skin changes (disfigurement) caused by an injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery.
What kind of scars may require Scar Revision Surgery?
Not all scarring will require revision as many scars will fade on their own and cause no mobility issues. However, there are some types of scars do require revision, which include:
- Hypertrophic scarring (raised and hard but not to the degree of the keloids)
- Keloid scarring (smooth and hard and has grown much larger than the original mark)
- Contracture scarring (skin is very tight and lack of mobility and pain can be issues)
You can expect improvement in skin tone and minimized discoloration. While unevenness in scarred tissue is very common, Scar revision surgeries can help make the skin tone more even and aesthetically pleasing. Reduction in tightness and better function and mobility are an important goal in many scar revision surgeries. Better mental health and self-esteem are often reported as patients may regain their body confidence.
Scar Revision Surgery Cost
The cost of your scar revision surgery depends on where the scar is and how extensive it is. You may need a skin graft if the scar is very severe. The type of scar is also taken into consideration when determining the price. You can, however, expect to pay around $500 for a smaller and less noticeable scar. If you need a skin graft for a bigger and more complex scar, you may pay as much as $4,000. A skin graft accounts for the majority of the increased cost.