Scar Revision Surgery


Surgical scar revision improves the appearance of scars on the body, face, lips and more, from physical trauma, C-section, tummy tuck, etc.

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Improve the Appearance of Your Scar with Scar Treatment in Beverly Hills

Scar Revision Surgery is a long-lasting solution to modify the appearance of visible scars. Often referred to as Corrective or Second-intention surgery, it can improve cosmetic appearance, relieve itchiness, or restore function to an area restricted by scarring.

This procedure aims to correct any residual deformity or discoloration left after the initial healing process of another surgical intervention, injury, acne, burn, or accidental occurrence. At Nazarian Plastic surgery, highly experienced surgeons utilize cutting-edge techniques to significantly reduce scarring on any body area.

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What is Scar Revision Surgery?

While scarring won’t completely dissipate on its own, Scar Revision Surgery can significantly improve the appearance of unsightly scars. It refines these imperfections, particularly those that affect apparent body areas, induce pain, or restrict function. Your surgeon will evaluate your concerns and recommend the best course of action — surgery, non-surgical therapies, or a combination of both.

The procedure is highly tolerable as your provider will apply a local anesthetic before treatment. Other forms of sedation are available for this procedure. Advanced scar revision techniques utilized by your surgeon may include:

  • Z-plasty: Z-plasty is a surgical technique for profound scarring where incisions are placed on both sides of the scar. These cuts create angled flaps that can change scar direction, interrupt tension, and reduce visibility.
  • Skin Grafts & Skin Flaps: Skin Grafting is a surgical technique in which a surgeon removes healthy tissue from an area of the body and places it over the damaged skin. The skin flap technique is similar, but the section of healthy tissue has a blood supply.
  • Tissue Expansion: Tissue Expansion is a surgical technique in which a surgeon places an inflatable balloon beneath the skin near the site of scarring to stretch the skin slowly and help form new healthy tissue. The newly formed tissue is used to reduce the appearance of scars.

Scars result from damage to the deep layers of the dermis — the skin is often less supple and taut or tight. Despite their unsightly appearance, they help the skin heal and protect against infection after an injury, surgery, burn, acne, or accident. Scar Revision Surgery can provide significant improvements for various forms of scarring, including:

  • Surface Irregularities & Discoloration: Minor scarring or irregular pigmentation from surgical procedures or injuries.
  • Hypertrophic: Hypertrophic is referred to the thick, red, raised scars directly on the wound site that may be hypopigmented (light) or hyperpigmented (dark).
  • Keloids: Keloids are dense groupings of scar tissue that typically expand beyond the wound site— often associated with pain or itchiness. More common in those with darker skin, these scars often form on the shoulders, chest, ears, or face.
  • Contracture: In the contractures (permanent shortenings) can appear restrictive scars that occur when the skin and underlying tissue pull together often after a large area of skin is lost—such as after a burn.

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Scar Revision Surgery Benefits

Scar Revision Surgery helps reduce multiple types of visible scarring.

Patients can enjoy relief from painful, itchy, or restrictive scars to improve confidence and quality of life. The procedure often takes one to two hours for results that can last for years.

What Results to Expect:

  • Dramatic Improvement in Cosmetic Appearance
  • Restored Function from Restrictive Scars
  • Complete Removal of Scar Tissue
  • Smoother Skin Tone and Texture
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Reduced Scar Size and Visibility
  • Enhanced Confidence and Quality of Life
  • Reduced Pain, Discomfort, and Itchiness
  • Substantial Improvement in Skin Discoloration
  • Quick Treatment
  • Cost-Effective Procedure
  • Long-Lasting Results

How Long Will Results Last?

Results from Scar Revision Surgery are long-lasting—the treated scar will gradually fade over the next several months. Patients can expect optimal results to appear around one year after treatment.

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Scar Revision Surgery Cost & Pricing Structure

The cost of Scar Revision Surgery depends on the number of scars to be treated, scar location, severity, and the surgeon's chosen treatment plan. Additional factors that affect treatment cost may include the surgeon’s experience, medical facility, procedure type, and anesthetics. Please schedule a consultation with our renowned plastic surgeons for a complete evaluation and a more detailed pricing structure.

  • US National Average: $500-$5,000
  • Our Price: Costs can vary depending on the provider. Please contact us for an estimate.
  • Additional Costs: Scar revision expenditures may include facility fees, surgeon's fees, anesthesia fees, prescription medications, and medical tests.
  • Insurance: Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. We offer a variety of payment options for your convenience. 

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How the Procedure Works

Depending on the precise nature of scarring present in each patient, several surgical methods are used. Your surgeon will thoroughly examine the area(s) of concern, determine the underlying cause, and devise a custom treatment plan before the procedure occurs. Scar Revision Surgery is a relatively quick and comfortable procedure.

Before & Preparation

  • Consult with your experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
  • Ensure to disclose your medical history and list of current medications.
  • Your surgeon may recommend lab testing or medical evaluation before treatment.
  • Your provider may instruct you to adjust or take certain medicines before the procedure.
  • Stop smoking well before your procedure.
  • Avoid taking aspirin and specific anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements to decrease the risk of bleeding.

During the Procedure

  • The surgical technique will depend on the scar's type, location, and severity.
  • Your surgeon will administer your chosen anesthetic. In most cases, patients utilize local anesthesia. Other options may include intravenous sedation, general anesthesia (for large or sensitive areas), or oral sedation.
  • The experienced practitioners will conduct the treatment process. The team may perform scar revision with a single surgical technique or a combination of methods (both surgical and non-surgical).
  • Some standard scar revision combination therapies may include injectable treatments (dermal fillers), topical treatments, or surface treatments (chemical peels, laser or light therapies, or dermabrasion).
  • Deeper scars often require surgical incisions to remove scar tissue. Advanced techniques may include Z-plasty, Skin Grafting, Skin Flaps, or tissue expansion.
  • Some methods may require multiple surgical stages or procedures to achieve optimal results.
  • The experienced practitioners will close any incisions with absorbable, non-removable sutures.
  • The standard procedure duration is 1-2 hours but may take longer if an area is particularly damaged or challenging.

Aftercare & Recovery

  • Patients are most likely to experience localized swelling, discomfort, or discoloration for 1-2 weeks after the procedure.
  • The new scar will gradually heal and fade for several weeks after your treatment.
  • Patients can expect to see full results within a year of treatment.
  • Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days. Still, they should avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks.
  • Clean, dress and apply ointments to the wounds as directed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid hot showers and baths the week after treatment. Take brief (10-minute) warm showers throughout the healing process to avoid irritation.
  • Do not rub or pick at the treated area.
  • Take medications and supplements as directed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking the week after treatment.
  • Practice proper sun protection throughout the entire healing process for optimal results.
  • Discomfort, tingling, or tightness should resolve within a month after surgery.
  • We recommend a follow-up evaluation one-year post-op.

Your provider may recommend Silagen and Skinuva products to assist with managing scarring. These products are available in our “Scar Reduction” collection at The Skin Spot.

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Treatment Areas

Scar revision treatment areas typically include the face, neck, and chest. However, patients can receive treatment on any body area where scarring exists, including

  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Hands

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Am I a Good Candidate for Scar Revision Surgery?

The best candidates for Scar Revision Surgery are

  • Physically healthy individuals with visible facial or body scarring
  • Non-smokers
  • Devoid of active skin conditions
  • Individuals with realistic treatment expectations

Scar Revision Surgery is often best when conducted 60-90 days after the scar has matured. It is also an ideal solution for those looking to eliminate older scars and discoloration.

Health Restrictions: If you have conditions such as autoimmune diseases, allergies to anesthesia or other medications, or bleeding disorders, these could all be contraindications to the surgery, and you will need to discuss your options with your surgeon.

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Similar & Related Procedures

  • Dermal Fillers: Dermal Fillers may be injected into depressed scars to reduce the appearance temporarily. Soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra are the most common for scar reduction.
  • Diamond Glow Facial : Diamond Glow Facial is a skin resurfacing procedure in which a rotating device removes the dead and damaged skin cells on the surface of the skin. Treatment can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne or other forms of scarring.
  • Erbium Laser Treatment: Erbium Laser Treatment is an advanced resurfacing procedure where an ablative laser removes the outermost layers of the skin to improve texture and tone. Treatment can reduce the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring.
  • Halo Laser Treatment: The Halo Laser Device emits both ablative and non-ablative laser wavelengths for optimal skin resurfacing effects. Treatment can reduce discoloration, age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, and scarring.
  • Microneedling: Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure where experienced practitioners use a machine with micro-needles to create small channels within the skin to help your body heal more naturally.
  • RF Microneedling : In this treatment, a microneedling device emits radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and break-down scar tissue.
  • Chemical Peels: Chemical Peel Treatments can be optimized to assist with scar removal. A chemical solution of varying strength is applied to the skin to remove damaged skin cells and improve texture.
  • BroadBand Light Therapy: BroadBand Light Therapy is a non-invasive procedure in which light energy penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate cellular regeneration and reduce signs of aging.
  • 5-FU (5-fluorouracil): A non-surgical, injectable treatment to manage and improve problematic scarring. These injections can reduce the chance of recurrence and assist the healing process after a scar revision surgery.
  • Steroid Injections: This injectable scar reduction treatment helps alleviate symptoms of problematic scarring such as burning, itching, and discoloration. Steroid injections can also help to reduce scar size and soften scar tissue.

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Side Effects & Risks

As with any surgery, there are risks and side effects associated with scar revision. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness or Tingling in the Treated Area
  • Pain
  • Skin Color Changes
  • Skin Lightening or Darkening
  • Skin Sensitivity
  • Swelling

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Scar Revision Surgery Reviews

“During my first consultation, Dr. Nazarian was kind, personable and made me feel comfortable about my decision to get a scar revision. This is a scar that I was embarrassed and self conscious about but Dr. Nazarian put me at ease by describing the procedure and relating to my situation. Not only is Dr. Nazarian is an incredibly skillful surgeon, she also has an especially friendly bedside manner. Now about a month and a half post op the results are unbelievable. I can't thank Dr. Nazarian enough for helping me reclaim this part of my body; this summer is the first summer in a while that I have felt fully comfortable wearing shorts.”

Julia C.

Madison, NJ

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Pairs Well With

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    Complexion-correcting botanicals combine with all-natural brighteners to form Pigment Correct, the latest from Nazarian Skincare. With a completely hydroquinone-free formula, this correcting cream harnesses the healing powers of Arbutin to brighten skin discoloration while filling in any fine lines & wrinkles.This product is cruelty-free, paraben-free and gluten-free.

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    The NazarianSkin Illuminate kit contains botanical skin brighteners including kojic acid, arbutus and bearberry in an alcohol and acetone- free base. Contains green tea and other soothing antioxidants in a convenient pad application.

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    Arnica, Bromelain, and Vitamin K are widely used pre-procedure in the cosmetic surgery industry for their ability to help minimize bruising and swelling after a surgical or non-surgical procedure. Dr. Nazarian recommends starting 1 month before surgery with 2 pills a day and continuing for 2 weeks after surgery.

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You can use plastic surgery to remove a keloid scar. Scar Revision Surgery can reduce the appearance of keloid scars. A post-surgical treatment plan is often implemented to prevent more keloid forming. A surgeon can also flatten these types of scars by using pulsed-dye laser treatment sessions.

Scar Revision Surgery is an ideal solution to reduce or eliminate old scars. There are various non-surgical scar-reduction treatments available as well. Consult an experienced plastic surgeon to determine the best treatment options for your concerns

Even after your wound closes, the healing process is incomplete. You can tell if it’s still recovering if you experience itchiness at the incision site or some tightness in the area. The site may look pink and somewhat stretched as well.

Even after your wound closes, the healing process is incomplete. You can tell if it’s still recovering if you experience itchiness at the incision site or some tightness in the area. The site may look pink and somewhat stretched as well.

You should begin to resume regular activity gradually. Patients typically can return to work after one to two days. However, how quickly you can return to work depends upon the extent of your surgery.

Showering is possible after a scar revision; however, you must wait until the third day. Keep your showers brief (10-minutes) and avoid using hot water. Avoid submerging the incision by avoiding baths, whirlpools, or swimming for at least two weeks after the procedure.

There are many creams and ointments that are on the market for scars. However, before using any of these for the treatment of your scars, you should consult a professional. A professional will be able to assess your scars and determine the best course of action.

There is no way to completely remove scars, unless it is surgically removed using an invasive procedure. However, there are options provided by professionals that help with the appearance of scars. These treatment options may help to make the scars less noticeable.

Dermatologists specialize in conditions of the skin. They may be able to offer someone experiencing scarring a treatment option. These treatment options often come in the forms of chemical peels or injections in order to help fade the appearance of the scar.

After a scar has formed, topical moisturizers may not help in the aid of scar healing. There is no scientific evidence that proves this. However, apply certain moisturizers or ointments as a wound is healing may help to limit scarring. Speaking with your doctor about preventive measures can help to stop new scars from forming

Yes, at Nazarian Plastic Surgery and Spa26 we offer financing through third party providers, Care Credit and LendingUSA, both which offer our patients 0% interest for up to 6 months!

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