Scar corrections

Reasons for this operation include the following: shrinkage and tension of a scar with the restriction of movement and growth, increased vulnerability of the scarred skin with repeated excoriation of the superficial skin layers under stress, danger of a malignant change within a scar, the development of tumors within a scar, redness and itching of a scar, and a cosmetically disturbing scar.

What you should keep in mind

Anaesthesia:
local or local with sedation
Length of operation:
1 - 2 hours
Patient status:
outpatient
Side effects:
swelling, bruising
Recovery:
back to work: 2 weeks
Result:
lasting (in case there is no danger of a hypertrophic scar or a keloid)

The operation

In uncomplicated cases, it is sufficient to excise the scar and reapproximate it with special techniques, such as "extreme eversion". 

Typically, special cutting techniques are required to diminish tension on wound edges and to prevent renewed shrinkage (or hypertrophy) of the scar. With big scars, additional measures are often necessary, such as Z- or W-plasties. LINK

In some cases, the appearance of scars can be improved with the application of crèmes, gels, foiles, compression garments, cryotherapy or even with the help of tattoos.


Praxis Prof. Dr. med. Beer, Zürich

Treatment options

Treatment areas