Through my time spent with Fiona Wood and the Burns team, I’ve realised that scarring isn’t just a physical issue, it often creates emotional and social issues as well.
While Professor Wood’s research haven’t yet achieved wound healing, I’m very passionate about using scar minimisation techniques to help improve patients noticeable and obvious scars.
Scar removal (also known as scar revision) surgery aims to minimise a scar so that it blends in with the surrounding skin. Scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process, and develops whenever the deepest part of the skin is damaged. While many scars heal well, some scars remain noticeable due to their size, shape, or location. Treatment will never completely remove a scar, but can make the scar less obvious to yourself and others.
Is scar removal treatment for me?
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.
What does scar removal involve?
Scar removal surgery by Dr. Colbert first involves a thorough assessment of your scar, including a complete history and clinical examination. This is essential in deciding how to best treat your scar, as there are a variety of non-surgical and surgical techniques that can be used to help improve scar appearance.
Surgical techniques range from scar excision and meticulous closure, to rearrangement of the scar through local tissue flaps such as Z-plasties, to using tissue expanders to expand normal adjacent skin, to using skin grafts or flaps to resurface the area. Scar revision in Perth can be performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr David Colbert, either in the office setting or in as day surgery.
Why you should see Dr Colbert for your scar revision surgery.
Scar removal surgery is a specialised procedure performed by Perth Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr David Colbert. There are multiple non-surgical and surgical scar removal methods available, and many patients find it difficult in deciding how to select one treatment over the others.
Dr Colbert provides a personalised treatment plan to optimise your scar management, aiming for a scar that is largely undetectable, at the same level as the adjacent tissue, and with the same colour as the surrounding skin.
Will scar removal surgery make my scars completely invisible?
Unfortunately it is impossible to erase scars and make them completely invisible. This is mainly due to the fact that scar removal surgery itself results in scarring, however the goal is to create a much less noticeable scar.
This improvement in scar appearance occurs by creating an ideal environment for wound healing, with the final result taking several months to occur.
What is the recovery after scar removal surgery?
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.
Most patients return to work within the following 48 hours, however vigorous activities are best avoided for the first two weeks.
What are the risks associated with scar removal surgery?
While most patients have no complications, it’s important to be aware that scar removal surgery in Perth 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, and is thankfully rare.
- Scarring: due to the process of wound healing your scar will change appearance after scar revision surgery. Scars immediately look better, then may look lumpy and red and raised, before becoming flatter and paler once the initial healing has occurred after several months.
- Cosmetic outcomes: as scarring is unpredictable there is a risk of a poor cosmetic outcome or even worse scarring, including scars becoming permanently lumpy or thick (hypertrophic or keloid scarring).
- 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.
How much does scar removal cost?
Costs associated with scar removal surgery in Perth can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.
- Surgical fee: scar removal surgery has item numbers associated with it, meaning than the cost of surgery is partly subsidised and paid for by Medicare and your private health fund. As Medicare and your health fund only partly pay for the cost of surgery, there are some out of pocket gaps. Dr Colbert’s staff will discuss these costs with you during your consultation.
- Anaesthetic fee: Medicare and your private health fund subsidise some of the anaesthetic fee, however there are often some out of pocket gaps. These costs will be discussed with you by the Anaesthesist before your procedure.
- 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.
Where can I find out more?
To arrange to speak to Dr Colbert about scar revision surgery please contact our friendly office staff.
Alternatively you can leave a message by simply filling out our contact form.