What’s recovery like for scar revision?
That depends on the type of scar we are revising, the length of the scar, and which facial subunit it is on.
In most cases the scar revision is done under local anesthesia, or mild sedation with Xanax, right in the office. Patients usually wear a dressing on the scar and go back to school or work within 1-2 days.
If the scar is larger or located on more mobile areas like the belly or limbs, patients might want to take more time off. A general rule is that patients can drive so long as they are not on any narcotic pain medication. If all you need to is Tylenol or ibuprofen, then you are fine to resume normal activities.
What about exercising and using makeup?
When if comes to activity like exercise or swimming it’s best to ask your physician.
Your recovery time for scar revision will vary depending on what you had done. Using makeup and other topical creams or lotions will also depend on what you had done, the closure type and suture type.
How long do the sutures stay in?
Sutures typically come out anywhere between 5-10 days depending on the tension of the wound. There have been times that we kept sutures in for 14 days because of tight closures and the need for added strength.
Incisions, even after suture removal always look red, raised and irregular. That is normal. It takes several weeks to calm down and 6-12 months to get the final result.