Scar Revision Chicago, IL | Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery
When you undergo a surgical procedure, get into an accident, or injure yourself, scarring is one way your body tries to repair itself. While scarring is a natural and healthy process, the effects can often be unwelcome or embarrassing. In some situations, scars can also cause issues such as pain, itchiness, or restricted movement.
If your scars keep you from feeling comfortable in your skin due to aesthetic or functional issues, scar removal surgery can resolve these concerns, boost your self-image, and enhance your appearance.
At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss applies different scar removal techniques to make your scar less prominent and intrusive. After assessing the appearance, texture, color, and positioning of your scars, Dr. Dreyfuss uses his skills as a scar revision specialist to devise a personalized scar treatment plan.
To explore your options for scar removal surgery in Chicago, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss through our website or call us at (815) 806-9400.
What Is Scar Repair?
Scar surgery makes scars less noticeable, simultaneously resolving functional and aesthetic concerns. Dr. Dreyfuss can employ various advanced scar repair methods according to your specific needs.
When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, scar treatment options can significantly minimize scars that do not respond to non-surgical methods. This cosmetic surgery enhances your appearance, elevates your confidence, and frees you to show off parts of your body that previously made you feel self-conscious. If you experience issues like pain, tightness, or itchiness, scar surgery can also resolve these concerns.
As a scar revision specialist, Dr. Dreyfuss takes time to understand your concerns about your scars and physically analyze the scarring itself. From there, he designs a detailed plan for safe and effective ways to lessen your scars’ severity and appearance.
Your customized approach might include concealing longer scars in nearby skin folds, excising the old scar tissue and reshaping the surrounding skin, or using skin grafts to repair the area. In other cases, non-surgical procedures like microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, and microdermabrasion can minimize less conspicuous or bothersome scars.
To ensure you have realistic expectations, Dr. Dreyfuss will carefully explain what’s possible with surgical scar treatment, what results are attainable, and the method he will use to remodel your scars.
What Are the Benefits of Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar revision surgery can deliver various advantages.
- Reducing scar tissue
- Improving mobility in areas affected by scarring
- Addressing the functional concerns caused by painful or itchy scars
- Improving your self-image, confidence, and mental well-being
- Enabling you to wear more revealing clothing
To understand what scar revision can do for you, sit down with Dr. Dreyfuss for a private consultation. Once he understands your goals, Dr. Dreyfuss will describe some recommended solutions and explain how he can help you look and feel your best.
What Types of Scars Can Scar Revision Surgery Address?
Chicago scar removal and remediation can improve the following concerns.
- Surface irregularities: Scars that cause skin discoloration
- Hypertrophic scars: Scars that appear as thick or raised marks
- Keloids: Large, prominent scars that may cause itchiness or pain
- Contractures: Scars that pull your skin and underlying tissue together during the healing process, resulting in discomfort and mobility concerns
Often, smaller scars that match your skin’s tone and texture respond well to the non-surgical options listed above. On the other hand, raised or textured scars usually need surgery.
After assessing the type of scar you have and its placement on your body, Dr. Dreyfuss can select the ideal method to address your aesthetic and functional concerns.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?
You might be a good candidate for scar revision surgery if you are in good overall health and want to improve the appearance of one or more scars. Other qualities you should have include:
- You have scars that do not respond to non-surgical scar treatment options.
- Your scars cause itchiness, pain, or mobility issues.
- You have realistic expectations.
- You do not smoke or are willing to quit before and after surgery.
Since these are only general characteristics, you must reach out to a qualified plastic or reconstructive surgeon to determine if surgical scar revision procedures can help you.
What Happens During Scar Revision Surgery?
After meeting privately with Dr. Dreyfuss and confirming your candidacy for scar treatments, you’ll have a good understanding of what technique Dr. Dreyfuss will use and what results you can expect from the procedure. Though the specifics involved in your customized surgical plan will vary, here is a general description of what will happen on the day you arrive at the surgical facility.
- Dreyfuss and his medical team help you prepare for your surgery, including administering local or general anesthesia for your comfort.
- Dreyfuss will take the necessary steps to remove or reduce your scar, according to the approach you agreed on before your procedure.
- To conclude the process, Dr. Dreyfuss will carefully close any incisions.
- You’ll remain at the surgical facility for a short time before going home.
What Can I Expect While Recovering From Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar removal is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home the same day and start your scar revision recovery in a comfortable environment. Dr. Dreyfuss and his team will provide detailed post-op instructions and pain medications, as necessary, to ensure you heal quickly.
Your scar revision recovery experience depends on the type and size of the scar you had treated. For instance, if Dr. Dreyfuss hid your scar in a nearby skin fold, your recovery process may be swift. On the other hand, if Dr. Dreyfuss excised old scar tissue or used a skin graft, it might take you longer to heal.
Most patients feel well enough to return to work within a day or two. You may have to take over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage pain for a few days after your surgery. Common side effects such as swelling and bruising may also remain present for a week or so before subsiding on their own.
Before your surgery, Dr. Dreyfuss will help you prepare for any small lifestyle adjustments you might need to make. He’ll also provide detailed post-procedural instructions to ensure your comfort and well-being.
How Long Does It Take to See the Results of Scar Revision Surgery?
While surgical dressings, swelling, and bruising will temporarily obscure your results, you’ll notice an improvement a few days after your procedure. Once your bandages come off, you can start comparing – and appreciating – your scar revision before-and-after results.
If your scar treatment was more extensive and invasive, your outcomes may take more time to reveal themselves. Be patient, and remember that everyone heals at a different rate.
Choosing Your Chicago Scar Revision Surgeon
Whether your issues are functional, cosmetic, mobility-related, or some combination of the three, you must have your scar revision surgery performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Dreyfuss has pledged to uphold the highest standards of patient safety and medical ethics. He has undergone extensive training to effectively address different types of scars. His precise, patient-first approach keeps your comfort and high expectations at the forefront.
To learn how you can benefit from the best scar revision in Chicago, schedule a consultation online or call us at (815) 806-9400.
Chicago Scar Treatment FAQs
The cost of your scar revision surgery will depend on the type of scar you want to treat and the techniques used during the procedure. After your initial consultation, Dr. Dreyfuss will provide a detailed breakdown of scar revision expenses.
Yes! Many of the aesthetic solutions we offer are compatible, and combining them can produce even better results. Dr. Dreyfuss can recommend options during your consultation.
Dr. Dreyfuss and his team will provide directions to help you prepare for scar revision surgery, including advice that’s specific to your procedural approach.
You may need to make the following arrangements.
- Take the suggested amount of time off work.
- Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.
- Stop taking aspirin, blood thinners, or any other medications and supplements that may cause complications during and after surgery.
- Stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery and remain nicotine-free at least while you heal.
Like other surgical procedures, scar revision surgery can cause concerns like skin discoloration and poor healing. However, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, scar revision surgery poses minimal risks and fewer chances of developing complications.