When you have your appendix removed, it is generally done as an emergency surgery. This can often leave you with a large, unsightly scar. In some instances, the scar can have indentations or can have overhanging skin. The scar can even cause physical pain or be itchy. An unsightly scar can often make you have low confidence and dislike that area of your body.
Fortunately, appendix scar reduction can help to reduce the appearance of the scar. An appendix scar reduction aims to improve the appearance of your scar, leaving you with a more aesthetically pleasing scar.
It is important to note that appendix scar reduction will not leave your skin bare with no scar; rather, a new scar will be created which will be much smaller and less noticeable.
Those who can have appendix scar reduction are those who:
There are numerous different methods for scar revision surgery. The method used will vary depending on your scar, its size, whether or not there is any indentation, what outcome you’re wanting and your preference for treatment.
Prior to having any surgery, you will have a consultation with a surgeon, who will be able to assess the appendix scar and recommend the best method for scar reduction.
Appendix scar reduction options include both surgical and non-surgical options.
Non-surgical appendix scar reduction options include:
If you would like to opt for the surgical route instead, there are numerous options available, including:
Any surgical option will be performed under a local anaesthetic. You will be awake for the procedure but will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort. Operation times will vary depending on the method that is being undertaken but should generally take between one to two hours.
This will vary depending on the size and condition of your original scar, and whether you undertook a non-surgical or surgical procedure.
Non-surgical procedures will have little to no recovery time. You may experience some swelling and redness around the injection sites, which will subside over the next few days.
If you undertook a surgical option, you will be able to leave the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
It is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some pain and discomfort around the incision site. This can be managed by taking the appropriate pain medication.
You may have to wear supportive dressing or garments around the incision site, which will help to speed up the recovery time.
You may have to take up to one week off work in order to recover. You will need to avoid any vigorous physical activity for at least six weeks.
It is also important to take care of the scar, particularly when you are outdoors in the sun. Ensure you cover the scar with clothing or apply sunscreen.
Are you interested in appendix scar removal? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out more about the procedure or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.