The decision to have scar revision surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injected agents
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures, including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs—may be temporary or permanent
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Delayed healing
  • Infection
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Recurrence of an unsightly scar
  • Skin contour irregularities
  • Skin discoloration and swelling

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.