Scar Revision

In Birmingham, AL

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Price: Starting at ~$1,700

Procedure Time: 1 hour

Recovery Time: 1 week

Introduction to

Scar Revision

A scar revision is a procedure done to improve the appearance of a scar. Additionally, a scar revision can improve functional deficits related to the location or size of the scar, particularly when the scar involves more delicate structures of the face, eyes, nose, and neck. It is essential to remember that scars cannot be permanently erased but only improved in their appearance.

Dr. Raggio’s preferred scar revision procedure may rely on many techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, which can used either alone or in combination to achieve an optimal result. The recommended technique used will depend on the depth, location, and size of the scar. If you are interested in an expertly-performed Scar Revision in Birmingham, AL, consider a consultation with dual board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Blake Raggio of Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery, and keep reading below.

We invite you to schedule a consultation or read below to learn more about one of the best Scar Revision Birmingham has to offer.

Scar Revision Expert In Birmingham, AL

What is Scar Revision?

Scar revision surgery will attempt to improve the appearance of a scar so that it is less conspicuous and blends in with the surrounding skin tone and texture of healthy tissue. Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed and can be categorized into hypertrophic scars or Keloids based on several characteristics. Even a wound that heals well can result in a visibly concerning scar. Scars may be noticeable due to their size, shape, or location; they can also be raised or depressed, smooth, or itchy. Regardless of the concern, rest assured Dr. Raggio and the team at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery have the best solution for you.

What are the benefits of Scar Revision?

Scar revision can reduce the appearance of scars and minimize any discomfort associated with scars. A Scar Revision with Dr. Raggio in Birmingham has many benefits including those outlined below:

  • Better self-esteem
  • Improved scar color
  • Improved scar texture
  • Increased confidence
  • Less restriction in functionality
  • Minimized stiffness
  • Reduced thickness and size

Who are the best candidates for the Scar Revision procedure?

Scar revision is a procedure very customized to the person depending on their physical and psychological relationship with their scar. Some of the best candidates for a Scar Revision in Birmingham will have the following characteristics:

  • Do not smoke
  • Frustrated with a scar caused by trauma, disease, or genetics
  • No acne or skin issues in the target area
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Realistic expectations

What are the different types of scar revision offered at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Raggio has the ability to offer a number of non-surgical and surgical procedures aimed at better the appearance of a scar. These include the following modalities:

  • Silicone-based scar gels or taping
  • Botulinum toxin (e.g,, Botox, Xeomin, Jeuveau)
  • Facial Dermal Filler (e.g.,  Juvederm, RHA)
  • Needle Subcisions
  • Traditional Microneedling
  • Radiofrequency Microneedling
  • Stem Cell Injections with Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)
  • Nano fat injections
  • Steroid (Kenalog) Injection
  • Chemical Peels, surgical grade
  • Dermabrasion
  • CO2 laser resurfacing
  • Formal Scar Revision with surgery

Again, the recommended technique used will depend on the depth, location, and size of the scar. As the options for scar revision are numerous, please rely on Dr. Raggio’s expertise to guide you in your decision-making process.

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What’s the first step to scheduling a scar revision with Dr. Raggio?

What are the first steps?

The first step in pursuing your Scar Revision is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake Raggio of Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL. During this initial appointment, you can discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations for the procedure. Dr. Raggio will take photographs and carefully examine your target area, taking into consideration factors such as skin quality, your desires, and your goals. He will also review your medical history and inquire about any previous surgeries or treatments you have undergone.

This consultation is a valuable opportunity for you to ask questions or express any concerns. Dr. Raggio will explain the preferred techniques involved, the potential risks and complications, and the expected outcomes. You will then leave the office with a plan for the procedure should you choose to move forward with it, including pricing quotes and scheduling availability.

What to expect on the day of Scar Revision

On the day of your Scar Revision, our team at Raggio Facial Plastic Surgery will do their best to put you at ease with the selected procedures. Based on your target area and the techniques discussed, you will likely be administered either topical anesthetic cream and/or local numbing injections. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or have concerns about experiencing any discomfort, Dr. Raggio can offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to further enhance your comfort. Rarely, and for more involved or complex cases, oral sedation or intravenous sedation may be utilized as well.

The degree of improvement that can be achieved with scar revision will depend on the severity of your scarring and the type, size, and location of the scar. In some cases, a single technique may provide significant improvement. However, Dr. Raggio may recommend a combination of scar revision techniques over a series of time to achieve the best results. Some are listed below:

  • Topical treatments, such as gels, tapes or external compression may be used to treat existing surface scars and discoloration and to aid in the healing of scar revision procedures.
  • Injectable treatments such as botulinum toxin, dermal filler, PRF, and nano fat can be also used to fill depressed or concave scars. Another form of injection therapy uses steroidal-based compounds to reduce collagen formation and can alter the appearance, size, and texture of raised scar tissue.
  • Surface treatments are most often used for the cosmetic improvement of scars. These are controlled means of either mechanically removing the top layers of skin or changing the nature of tissue. These treatment options include dermabrasion (mechanical polishing of the skin), laser or light therapy with CO2 skin resurfacing, and deep chemical peels.
  • Formal Scar revision with Surgery involves a carefully designed incision in or around the scar area to remove the existing scar tissue and then manipulate the surrounding skin to replace the defect, ultimately trading out a “bad scar” for a “better scar.”.
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Scar Revision Recovery

Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your recovery. Dr. Raggio and his team will make sure you have detailed post-operative instructions. Depending on what technique was used, you will have different recovery care.

Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure.

Remember that you might experience localized, swelling, tightness, discoloration, and discomfort but these will abate within a few weeks. Healing will progress for several weeks, revealing a new refined, and faded scar. It’s important to note final scar maturation takes 12 months to complete. During this time, however, Dr. Raggio will guide you on what you can do to further enhance your recovery.

How much does Scar Revision cost in Birmingham, AL?

Prices for Scar Revision in Birmingham can vary on numerous factors, including the number of treatments required and the type of treatment. We suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake Raggio at your earliest convenience so that depending on the plan you come up with, we can help price out a way to your healing. Financing options are available as well if needed.

Why choose Dr. Raggio for your Scar Revision?

Dr. Blake Raggio embodies a holistic approach to Scar Revision Surgery, prioritizing each patient’s unique goals and concerns. With a comprehensive facial analysis, he meticulously evaluates all aspects before recommending personalized surgical or non-surgical interventions. Dr. Raggio’s patient-centric philosophy ensures collaboration throughout the treatment journey, culminating in a tailored plan that prioritizes patient satisfaction.

Utilizing proven techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, Dr. Raggio strives to achieve durable and natural-looking results aligned with the patient’s cultural and ethnic values. His commitment extends to upholding classical beauty ideals, ensuring outcomes that stand the test of time.

Dr. Raggio’s success is indicative of his esteemed credentials and qualifications. 

He strongly believes in educating the next generation of clinicians and serves as a Clinical Adjunct professor with the Faulkner Physician Assistant Studies Program, as a Clinical Adjunct professor with Tulane University Medical Center Department of Head and Neck Surgery in New Orleans Louisiana, and as a Clinical Preceptor for the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine

He is an active member of multiple medical societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS)

Lastly, Dr. Raggio is one of only a few Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the entire Birmingham Hoover Metropolitan area, and has obtained rare Dual board certification in both Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic Surgery.

For these reasons, patients can be confident and rest assured that they will receive the absolute best Scar Revision result  with Dr. Raggio and his team at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL.

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Scars can cause not just physical impacts, but also negative psychological effects on our lives. If you have a bothersome scar that you would like addressed, consider scheduling a consultation for a Scar Revision in Birmingham with Dr. Raggio. Please contact our office to request an appointment with Dr. Blake Raggio at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery, and a helpful member of our team will reach out to you and help you take the first step toward a better-appearing scar!

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Patient reviews

  • Torrey

    5 Star Review

    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

  • Jessica

    5 Star Review

    Thank you, Dr. Blake Raggio, for the excellent work on my nose. The Rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and nostril closure went so smoothly. My breathing has improved and the before and after pictures were amazing. Your knowledge and skills improved my health and facial profile.

  • Pamela

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Blake Raggio is an amazing Facial Plastic Surgeon. I am one week out from having my
    Blepharoplasty and Browlift and could not be more pleased. Not only is he a talented Facial Plastic Surgeon he also has a wonderful bedside manner.

  • Elizabeth

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio and staff get an A+ for their superb care! From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you will be treated like family! Best of all you’ll leave looking younger and feeling good! You can’t beat the care and compassion from Dr Raggio and his staff!

  • Chelsea

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

  • Sheila

    5 Star Review

    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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