Bothered by the appearance of a thyroidectomy scar? At Atlantic Surgical Associates, we offer state-of-the-art techniques to minimize the appearance of your scar at our location in West Long Branch, New Jersey. We welcome patients in Monmouth, Essex, and Ocean counties, including New Brunswick and Staten Island, NY.
What is a Thyroidectomy?
A thyroidectomy is the procedure for removing all or part of the thyroid gland. There are various reasons patients undergo a thyroidectomy. One of the major indications is the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, proven by a fine-needle biopsy. A thyroidectomy is a viable option for patients with past malignancies, symptomatic thyroid masses, or goiters. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) of solid foods is a strong indication that surgery is needed. Other symptoms include dyspnea (difficulty breathing), shortness of breath, and/or hoarseness.
After a thyroidectomy, many patients are left with a scar that is hypertrophic (raised) and discolored. These scars can be physically uncomfortable, visually distracting, and mentally troublesome for many people.
How Much Does Thyroidectomy Scar Revision Cost in West Long Branch, NJ?
The cost of scar revision after thyroidectomy depends on many factors. The biggest influence on the cost is the type of treatment that’s most appropriate to minimize the appearance of your scar. During your consultation, Dr. Volshteyn will discuss your goals and develop the best approach to treat your thyroidectomy scar to provide an accurate cost. You can learn more about payment options on our financing page.
What Are the Types of Treatment for Thyroidectomy Scars?
- Steroid injections: Steroid injections can relieve some of the scar’s physical discomfort, such as itchiness and tenderness. It can also lessen the scar’s discoloration and size.
- Removing scar tissue: Sometimes removing the scar tissue and suturing the wound with very small stitches can fix these types of scars.
- Skin grafts: Skin or flap grafts may be able to fix the results of hypertrophic scars.
- Combination treatment: Occasionally, the best plan is to combine treatments: removing the scar tissue, along with steroid injections and use of topical creams.
- Other treatments: This includes wearing pressure bandages to minimize swelling and support healing, as well as radiation.
Are You a Good Candidate for Thyroidectomy Scar Revision?
According to one study, just half of patients feel their thyroidectomy scar looks great years after their procedure and over 10% consider scar revision. Even when a thyroidectomy scar heals well, it can leave you feeling self-conscious.
You may be a good candidate for scar revision if it has been at least six months since your thyroidectomy. This is generally enough time for the scar to mature and settle into its final appearance. Any type of scar may benefit from treatment, including flat scars and raised or hypertrophic scars.
What is Recovery Like After Thyroidectomy Scar Revision?
The recovery time for scar revision depends on the best treatment approach. Some methods, such as steroid injections, have minimal recovery. Following steroid injections, you may experience some temporary tenderness and redness. If scar tissue is removed, tiny stitches will be used to close the wound and correct the scar. In this case, you can expect some swelling and discomfort for one to two weeks as the new scar heals.
If you’re interested in minimizing the appearance of a thyroidectomy scar on your throat, contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Atlantic Surgical Associates welcomes patients from Staten Island, East Brunswick, and the surrounding regions of NY and NJ.