Is Scar Revision surgery carried out only for cosmetic reasons?
Scar revision surgery is most commonly performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of a scar, however it is also frequently performed for functional reasons as well.
This is most commonly the case in the instance of 'contracture'. This occurs when the formation of a scar interferes with the movement of the underlying muscles and joints, such as when a shortening or tightening of the skin causes a corresponding tightening impact on the underlying muscles. Contractures may interfere with a range of motion and other aspects of joint functioning, as well as deform the shape of the scarred body part or affect key muscle groups, such as the muscles in the face responsible for controlling facial expressions.
Scars are unique to the individual and circumstance in which they are formed – they are technically the body’s natural way of healing from an injury. Scar revision procedures are able to deliver excellent results where scarring is especially noticeable and prominent.
Obstetricians are clever at creating high-quality Caesarian Section scars, but cannot avoid all potential problems. They try to place the scar transversely low on the abdominal wall below the bikini line.