This term encompasses a number of procedures used to improve the appearance of scars. Both surgical and non-surgical options exist. Most commonly unsightly scars are excised and the wounds are closed meticulously under ideal conditions.
Anesthesia type: General, IV sedation or local
Length of surgery: 1-3 hours
Risks: Infection, bleeding, recurrence of poor scar, keloid or hypertrophic scarring, delayed wound healing
Average recovery time: Return to work in 5-7 days; start to resume normal activity in 2-3 weeks; feeling back to normal in 4-6 weeks
Duration of effect: >10 years