What is Scar Revision? 

Scar revision is meant to minimize a problematic scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture. Although scar revision can provide a more pleasing cosmetic result or improve a scar that has healed poorly, most scars cannot be completely removed.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars feature excessive collagen deposits and appear slightly raised. These scars are often treated with steroid injections and topical treatments. 

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are thick lesions or nodules that are significantly raised. They are larger than the original wound or incision, and can be painful or itchy. Dr. Moran can minimize the appearance of keloid scars with laser therapy, steroid injections, and surgery.

Contracture Scars

Contracture scars are tight, mostly flat lesions that can restrict your ability to move your face freely. This type of scar is common in areas of excessive skin loss, for example after a burn. They often require a skin graft to restore natural movement. 

Acne Scars

Acne scars are very common, and can appear as deep pits or angular, wave-like bumps. The treatments vary depending on the type of acne scar present, but most often include surface treatments like dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. 

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The Treatment Options

The specific treatment Dr. Moran recommends for you will depend on the type and degree of your scar. The options we have available include:

  • Simple topical treatments. Gels and other treatments can lighten existing scars and discoloration. 
  • Minimally invasive procedures. There are an array of minimally-invasive treatments available for scar revision, including dermabrasion, laser therapy, chemical peels, injectables, and more. 
  • Surgical revision with advanced techniques in wound closure. This approach is used for very deep scars. Dr. Moran may excise the tissue and close the wound in layers, or transfer a flap to the area. 
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Mary Lynn

Moran MD

Meet Dr. Moran

Dr. Moran is one of the nation’s top plastic surgeons. She is the only female Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tennessee, and the first woman elected president of the AAFPRS. She has over 28 years of experience at the helm of her concierge practice, and is a sought-after educator and public speaker. In addition, she is an assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the department of otolaryngology. 

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What to Expect

Your scar revision will be done on an outpatient basis at Dr. Moran’s Franklin, TN office. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it will be done under local anesthesia or mild sedation.

If you were treated with a simple topical medication and most minimally-invasive procedures, you will be free to return to work and your normal daily routine right away. Alternatively, laser therapy and surgery both require some downtime. 

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Are You a Candidate?

If you want to treat an unsightly scar so that it’s less noticeable, our scar revision treatments can likely help. They can be performed on Nashville area patients of all ages, and may be an ideal option if you:

  • Are bothered by a scar anywhere on your face and body
  • Are a non-smoker and in good physical health
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your scar revision
  • Do not have active acne or other skin diseases in the treatment area

Discover Your Options

To discuss treatment options for your scar with Dr. Moran, please contact our Nashville area office today and schedule a consultation.

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