When skin is in the process of recovering from an injury, whether as the result of an accident, previous surgery, a bad burn, or severe acne, scarring occurs wherever multiple layers of the skin have been affected. Once a scar forms, it is permanent. However, Mayo Clinic-trained, board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., can make scarring less visible by relocating the scar through a surgical procedure called scar revision.
Plastic Surgery to Improve Scars
With few exceptions, most people are self-conscious about large or conspicuous scars on their body. Facial scars can be particularly difficult to live with, as some patients experience diminished functioning of the eyes, mouth, or nose due to scarring. Scar revision with Dr. Robbins in Nashville, Tennessee can improve an individual’s appearance, self-confidence, or level of facial functioning.
During a personal consultation prior to surgery, Dr. Robbins will discuss how scar revision works and what to expect from this procedure. As scar revision is a highly personalized procedure, Dr. Robbins takes the time to addresses all questions and understand the patient’s concerns. He provides the information each patient needs to decide if facial scar revision surgery is a viable option. Sometimes, Dr. Robbins can perform several surgical procedures at the same time, saving the patient money and recovery time.
Successful plastic surgery is a result of good rapport between the patient and his or her surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise is essential. This not only encourages a positive surgery experience but also helps to ensure that the results of surgery better meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. To foster patient trust, Dr. Robbins and his staff make sure each patient is thoroughly informed well before surgery is performed.
Benefits of Scar Revision Surgery
Having facial scars reduced generates a huge impact on self-image and confidence. Dr. Robbins utilizes procedures that may be as quick and less than one hour. He is able to work on both light and dark scars and on patients of all ages. This non-invasive solution can have an immediate impact on your quality of life.
Desired Results of Scar Revision Surgery
No scar can be totally removed, however, Dr. Robbins can reduce the size and appearance of a scar, so it is not easily noticeable. The size, depth, and severity of your scar will also determine what extent Dr. Robbins is able to correct the scar’s appearance. During your consultation, the doctor will discuss varying types of scar revision surgery that may be suitable for your desired results.
Each scar revision surgery is an individualized procedure. In the initial consultation, Dr. Robbins discusses each patient’s goals realistically. The patient and Dr. Robbins together decide which procedures he will perform in order to achieve the desired results. Once a date for surgery is set, Dr. Robbins and his staff will give instructions on how to prepare.
Scar Revision Surgery Procedure Details
Scar revision surgery can be performed on the following types of scars: keloid, hypertrophic, burns or contractures, and cosmetic facial scars. There are many types of treatments options. Dermabrasion or steroid injections may be appropriate to lessen the appearance without surgery. Z-plasty repositions a scar, so it conforms to more natural creases in the face. Skin grafting and flap surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and replace damaged skin with healthy skin from another site on the patient’s body.
Am I a Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?
Men and women who have scars that significantly affect their self-image or body function would be excellent candidates for scar revision surgery. It is recommended that the scar be at least one-year-old to limit further degradation of the surrounding skin tissue from the original trauma.
How Much Does Scar Revision Cost?
Cost for scar revision surgery will depend on the extent of the surgery as well as the number of treatments required to achieve the desired result. Most insurance plans do not cover plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures. Financing is offered via CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending. For payment information, please contact the office to see what options are available to you.
Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., is board certified in plastic surgery, and he is skilled in the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques for men and women in and around Nashville and Franklin. In addition to performing facial plastic surgery, he is a leading provider of breast augmentation, liposuction, and other body contouring. His focus is on helping patients enhance their quality of life as they achieve their aesthetic goals. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robbins in Nashville.