Scars are the visible signs left on the skin once a wound has healed. Scars can be depressed or raised, and either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. The type of injury, poor healing, picking, and location of the scar can all affect the appearance of a scar. Patients seeking to improve the appearance of their scars can rely on the technical and aesthetic skill of Dr. Scott Barr to diminish the appearance of most scars and reduce the mental discomfort they cause. Dr. Barr employs a variety of techniques to improve the appearance of various types of scars, offering custom solutions to best meet the needs of his patients.
Educate Yourself on Your Procedure
If you are a patient considering a scar revision procedure, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about scar revision, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.
What are the Benefits of a Scar Revision Procedure?
Scar revision patients often pursue surgery in order to eliminate and improve the appearance of unwanted scars, to help put past injuries behind them, and to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Like the thousands of patients who undergo this procedure every year, you too can improve the appearance of scars from the past, and move into the future with the confidence you deserve.
Preparing for Your Scar Revision Procedure
What is the first step in my scar revision procedure?
The first step when considering scar revision surgery is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery. It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for scar revision surgery.
You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, and all current medications.
During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully examine your scars and assess your general health. Different surgical approaches and options will be discussed and he will explain which surgical approach would be best suited to you based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.
The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with scar revision surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not scar revision is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package will also be provided to you at the time of consultation, and includes instructions for before and after surgery as well.
Am I a candidate for a scar revision procedure?
The ideal candidates for a scar revision procedure are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for scar revision if you have a scar that bothers you and have no underlying medical or skin conditions that could complicate the procedure.
Can I combine another surgery with my scar revision procedure?
It may be possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your scar revision procedure. You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
What will I need to do prior to scar correction surgery?
Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with our Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you will need to know to prepare yourself for surgery.
Where will my scar revision procedure be performed?
Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.
Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.
How is a scar revision procedure performed?
Dr. Barr may employ a number of different scar revision techniques, based on the nature of the scar, its cause, location, size; and the characteristics of the patient’s skin. The type of procedure that would best revise your scarring will be detailed for you during your consultation with Dr. Barr. Some techniques employed may include:
- Surgical Excision for deep scars. In this procedure the scar is shaved down and scar tissue is surgically removed to reduce the size of the scar. By excision of the scar, the larger depressions can be eliminated causing the skin to be smooth. Using this method, the scar will settle with time.
- Surgical Subcision is used in areas of multiple moderately depressed scars. The fibrous bands that cause the depressions are broken up, which allow the scars to be released. After the scar is released, technology or injectable fillers may be used to further improve the appearance of the scar.
- TCA Treatment of Ice Pick Scars may be done to minimize the appearance, size, and depth of ice pick scars which usually form as a result of severe acne.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
During office hours our Patient Coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.
How much does a scar revision procedure cost?
Pricing for your procedure will depend on the type of revision you require and will be provided to you during your consultation.
Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.
Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using a medical/dental financing company which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that these companies are not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery.
For more information on how financing companies can help you afford your procedure, visit:
- Fax, online, phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
- No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Scar revision is considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP. However, some surgical procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.
What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees.
You may also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance then these are extra costs to you.
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000 and a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000.
This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Will I need to stay overnight following my scar revision surgery?
Scar revision surgery is generally an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery.
How long will it take me to recover from my scar revision procedure?
Dr. Barr’s extensive experience in performing this procedure will help to ensure that your post-operative recovery is minimized. Recovery from your procedure will vary, depending on the type of scar revision procedure that is performed. Information about your expected recovery time can be obtained during your consultation with Dr. Barr, once he determines which procedure will best suit your individual needs.