Scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process, and develops any time that the deepest part of the skin is damaged.
While many scars heal well, some scars remain obvious by creating contour irregularities, differences in skin colour, or distorting surrounding normal structures.
Scar revision surgery is best suited for scars that are at least 6-12 months old, sometimes even longer.
Scar revision in Perth is a specialised procedure performed by Perth Plastic Surgeon Dr David Colbert.
Scars that are suitable for scar revision include scars that:
Are wide, raised, or depressed.
Have different colours or textures compared to the surrounding skin.
Distort surrounding structures.
Remain unsightly despite optimal non-surgical treatment.
Scar revision surgery involves assessing the history of the scar, including how it was caused, how it healed, and whether there is a family or personal history of other abnormal scars.
There are a variety of non-surgical and surgical techniques that can be used to help improve the appearance of scars.
Surgical techniques range from scar excision and meticulous closure, to rearrangement of the scar through local flaps such as Z-plasties.
Scar revision in Perth can be performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr David Colbert, either in the office setting or in an outpatient setting.
The recovery from scar revision surgery is usually straightforward.
You will be discharged on the same day with a dressing in place and instructions on how to care for it.
Some bruising and swelling is common.
Most patients return to work within the following 48 hours, however vigorous activities are best avoided for the first 7 – 10 days.
Scar revision surgery is associated with the following risks:
Wound infection: this may present as redness or discomfort or discharge, and may require a course of antibiotics.
Bleeding, bruising, and haematoma: haematoma refers to a collection of blood that needs to be removed in the operating room.
Scarring: in the first weeks and months your scar will be lumpy, but will then settle down and become flatter and paler. Rarely they may be permanently lumpy or thick (hypertrophic or keloid scarring).
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE): DVT refers to a blood clot that forms in a vein in your limb, which can break off and travel to your lung (PE). This can be serious, but is thankfully very rare, especially in skin surgery.
Scar revision surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries risks and therefore before proceeding you should always seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Costs associated with plastic surgery can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.
Surgical fee: Medicare will partly pay for some surgical procedures that are itemised by the government, however depending on the nature of your operation there will be some out of pocket expenses. Dr Colbert will discuss these costs with you during your consultation.
Anaesthetic fee: Medicare covers most of the anaesthetic fee, except in the case of some cosmetic operations.
Hospital fee (this includes operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras): Medicare does not cover this fee. If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.