Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures can help improve the appearance of all types of scars from accidents and violence incidences.
Keloid scars are thick, irregular-shaped, and protruding scar tissues that grow beyond the confines of the injury. The plastic surgeon can surgically remove keloids when they become unresponsive to non-surgical management through excision and reclosure. They can also perform flap surgery for reconstruction.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars. However, hypertrophic scars grow within the confines of the wound or injury. The scars are usually red, thick, and raised. Plastic surgeons repair hypertrophic scars through flap surgery and tissue expansion for reconstruction.
Scar contractures form when burns, cuts, and severe bruising contract during healing. The resulting scar tissue deposition restricts movement because of tightened tendons, muscles, ligaments, or skin. The surgeon removes the scar through excision and reclosure or flap surgery.
Atrophic scars are blemishes that appear pitted or sunken on the skin. They form as a result of collagen destruction after an accident or violent incident. The reconstructive surgical procedure for this type of scar includes excision repair and reclosure. The surgeon can also stimulate collagen production and remodel the sunken region using a carbon dioxide laser or micro-needling.
What is Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery is the procedure that repairs wounds and injuries that result from accidents, violence, disease, or birth deformities. The procedure also comes in handy to rectify poor scar tissue formation after a primary surgery like a tummy tuck.
Is Reconstructive Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Cosmetic surgery that lines with a mommy makeover does not have insurance coverage. However, reconstructive surgery can receive coverage if it is a medical necessity. Insurance policies determine what gets covered. Therefore, due diligence when choosing insurance is crucial.
What is reconstructive surgery for burns?
- Debridement or excision – the surgeon removes dead, damaged, and infected tissue. The process enhances healing and the growth of healthy skin.
- Skin grafting – the grafted skin can come from a healthy part of the patient’s skin (autograft). If the injury or scarring is extensive, the surgeon can use skin from a human donor (allograft), animal skin (xenograft), or synthetic skin equivalents. The surgeon grafts the skin on the area affected.
- Reclosure or Reconstruction – after the surgical management, a plastic surgeon can work on the affected area to enhance its appearance through tissue expansion, dermabrasion, cortisone injections, flap surgery, or z-plasty.
Can Reconstructive Surgery Eliminate a Tummy Tuck Scar?
Plastic surgeons remove or minimize tummy tuck scars through several procedures. The surgeon can reduce the scar size through incision placement and advanced suturing protocols. Laser skin resurfacing also eliminates scarring by removing the scar tissue and enabling new skin cells to grow with a minimal blemish. The plastic surgeon can also improve the scar appearance through a punch graft where skin from the ear gets grafted on the tummy tuck scar area. The new scar will have a color close to the person’s skin tone.
Is Reconstructive Surgery Expensive?
The average cost of reconstructive surgery depends on many factors.
- The surgeon’s fee
- Anaesthesiologist fee
- Facility and surgical equipment cost
- Check up and consultation fee
- Type of procedure(s)
- Subsequent visits post-operation
- The geographical location of the plastic surgeon’s practice
The variation in cost is vast. Therefore, estimating the procedure cost is not easy. The best way to find out the exact surgery price is by calling the plastic surgeon’s office and getting a direct quote.