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Scar Revision (Scar Treatment)

Treat Scars with Scar Revision in New York

Scars are the unfortunate result of injury to the skin.  Whether scars are caused by minor injury, chronic skin conditions, surgical incisions, burns, or major trauma, they may cause aesthetic concerns.  Depending on their severity and location, some scars may also result in physical discomfort (keloids and hypertropic scars) or even restricted movement (contractures).  Scar revision treatments can help improve the appearance of scars by repositioning scars so that they are less conspicuous, as well as by making the scar tissue look more consistent with the color and texture of the surrounding healthy skin.  In some cases, scar revision surgery can also ease discomfort and improve scar flexibility.  At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, we offer a wide range of scar revision options, ranging from simple topical treatments, to minimally invasive therapies, to sophisticated surgical techniques.   Dr. Elie Levine and Dr. Jody Levine have expertise in both plastic surgery, as well as cosmetic laser and dermatology treatments, allowing them to offer a customized approach to ensure outstanding results for any type of scar revision.*

Improve the appearance of scars anywhere on the face and body
Reposition scars so they are less conspicuous
Remove excess scar tissue
Improve the texture and color of scar tissue
Improve the appearance of raised keloid scars
Improve the appearance of hypertropic scars
Reduce scar tissue contracture to restore flexibility
Resurface scar tissue to make scars less noticeable
Change scar orientation to make it less noticeable
Improve the appearance of burn scars

Who is a good candidate for scar revision surgery?

People who want to improve the appearance of tissue scarring anywhere on the face or body may be good candidates for scar revision surgery.  Dr. Levine can treat most types of scars, including scars from minor injuries, surgical scars, acne scars, burn scars, and raised scars from major trauma.  Dr. Levine will gladly meet with you to discuss whether you are a good candidate for scar revision surgery. 

How is scar revision surgery performed?

There are a wide variety of scar revision procedures that can help improve the appearance of scar tissue.  Treatment options range from simple topical agents and injections, to minimally invasive laser and light therapies, to surgical procedures.   Dr. Levine will discuss with you which procedures or combination of procedures will help you achieve your desired goals.

Procedure* What it can do* Downtime*
Topical agents

Improve the appearance of minor scars and help with discoloration and texture irregularities

Silicone-based products Improve the appearance of minor scars and help flatten out raised scars None
Steroid injections Improve the appearance of raised scar tissue and decrease scar discomfort None
Laser resurfacing and light therapy Improve the texture and color of scar tissue None
Scar revision surgery Reduce excess scar tissue to make scar thinner and less conspicuous Varies, depending on location and severity of scarring
Z-plasty surgery Reorient scar to make it less conspicuous, decrease scar discomfort, reduce contracture, and increase functional mobility Varies, depending on location and severity of scarring
Dermal Fillers Fill in and smooth out depressed scars None

Can scar revision procedures be combined with other procedures?

Scar revision treatments can be combined with other procedures, depending on the type, location, and severity of the scar.  Dr. Levine will discuss with you which procedure or combination of procedures may best suit your specific needs. 

How can I prepare for scar revision surgery?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Levine will examine your scar tissue, address your medical history, and discuss other factors that may affect scar revision surgery.  The doctor will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations, including possible risks and the best way to prepare for your surgery.  Dr. Levine will let you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure, and will answer any questions that you may have. 

What type of anesthesia will be used for scar revision surgery?

The type of anesthesia used will depend on the extent of your procedure.  Local anesthesia will be used for most minor treatments and laser therapy.  Twilight or general anesthesia will be recommended for more extensive surgical procedures.  You will discuss your procedure thoroughly with both Dr. Levine and our board-certified anesthesiologist to determine the best type of anesthesia for your needs. 

What can I expect during scar revision surgery?

Many scar revision procedures can be performed in our state-of-the-art, in-office operating suite, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).  For more involved cases, scar revision surgery may be performed in the hospital.  The length of the procedure varies, depending on what type of treatment you are receiving. Dr. Levine will discuss in detail what you can expect during scar revision treatment, and answer any questions you may have. 

Scar Revision Before And After 

* Patients individual results may vary.

What can I expect after scar revision surgery?

Every procedure is different, and you will receive detailed post-treatment instructions for your specific needs.  At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, our concern for you doesn’t end when you go home.  We’re dedicated to providing ongoing care to ensure a fast, safe, and smooth recovery.  Dr. Levine will see you for post-operative visits, and we stand ready to answer any questions you may have about your recovery, as well as your overall health and well-being. 

Is there anything I can do before and after my procedure to maximize results?

One of the many wonderful qualities that sets us apart at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC is our ability to use a multidisciplinary approach to optimize results.  With expertise in both plastic surgery and dermatology, Dr. Elie Levine and Dr. Jody Levine work together to help prepare, protect, and treat the skin before, during, and after your procedure.  As one of New York’s leading dermatologists, Dr. Jody Levine will customize a skincare regimen that includes pre-surgical measures to optimize your skin, as well as post-surgical skincare that can help prevent irritation, alleviate bruising and inflammation, and promote faster healing.   Unlike other practices, we include these unique pre- and post-surgery skincare packages as part of your surgical plan.  Our pre-surgery facials and microdermabrasion treatments help prepare your skin for surgery and ensure the best recuperation.  Post-operative packages include lymphatic massage with our skilled medical aesthetician in order to enhance circulation, support healing and improved immunity function, and leave the skin looking radiant and healthy.*  With our extensive array of lasers, we are able to provide post-surgical laser treatments to best accelerate your healing.  The Drs. Levine will be happy to discuss with you the best skincare approach for your specific needs. 

How can I find out more about scar revision surgery?

Dr. Elie Levine or Dr. Jody Levine will be happy to meet with you to discuss scar revision surgery. Please call our office at 212-988-1800, or make an appointment online for a personal consultation in our New York City offices.