Arm Scar Revision

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in arm scar revision. I have several self-inflicted arm scars from several years ago. The three arms scars are 2 inches, 1.5 inches and the smallest at one inch. I have some general questions about the procedure:

1.Is it possible for my arm scars to be improved?

2. Do you suggest any alternate solution? 

3. How much would this cost me given that there are only three marks?

4. If this is surgery, how many days do I need to under your care? is it one time or do I need to come few times a year after surgery?

5. What potential side effects can occur?

A: Thank you for sending pictures of your arm scars. In answer to your arm scar revision questions:

1) The only benefit of scar revision would be if you think that the scars being narrowed would be of benefit. It is not possible to have the scars completely removed. There will always be scars, just more narrow with hopefully no white color.

2) There are no alternative solutions other than to cut them out and restore. Since they were original skin lacerations that were allowed to heal secondarily, the scar goes all the way through the thickness of the skin.

3) My assistant Camille will pass along the cost of the scar revision procedure to you tomorrow.

4) This is an office procedure done under local anesthesia. There is no aftercare needed and all sutures are placed under the skin and are dissolvable.

5) I would think that whatever scar improvement is possible with this type of scar revision, it would be seen after just one scar revision.

6) I see no side effects other than how much scar improvement is obtained.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana