Scar Revision Surgery

Scar revision surgery drastically minimizes the visual appearance of a facial laceration scar. A facial laceration is a cut or tear in the soft tissue of your face or neck. Neck or facial scarring is often the result of severe acne, trauma, injury or surgery, such as skin cancer resection.

Scarring also may occur as a result of previous plastic surgery procedures, such as facelift, rhinoplasty, necklift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Scars that occur as a result of injury or surgery often visibly remain after the wound has healed. Poor healing may result in unsightly and disfiguring scars. Even wounds that heal well often leave a noticeable trace. Facial scarring may cause significant functional problems for patients when located closely to the lips, eyelids, ears or nose.

Repairing this damage requires a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise and experience to evaluate the damage of the facial laceration and its severity. We will work with you to recommend the best course of action.

Who is a candidate for scar revision surgery?

Healthy men, women and children seeking to minimize a small or large scar on their face and/or neck may be excellent candidates for scar revision surgery. Younger patients may be candidates based on various factors, including medical history and emotional maturity. During a consultation, your surgeon will work with you to help determine the best course of action that will deliver the most appealing results.

What is the recovery like from scar revision surgery?

Scar revision may be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and severity of the case. Our surgeons practice only the most state-of-the-art techniques and use a variety of treatment modalities to resolve any function or cosmetic impairment. Scarring will be almost invisible in appearance. More complicated deformities may require a series of separate treatments.

Scar revision surgery of the face and neck is accomplished in an outpatient setting. Most patients return home after only a few hours. Mild redness and discomfort are common for one to two weeks following surgery, depending on the severity of the case. Healing will continue over time as the new scar heals and fades in appearance. Additional skin care treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels, will help improve cosmetic results.

Scar revision surgery of the face and neck is an art. Those patients considering scar revision surgery should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. Our elite surgeons have the expertise to offer patients the best cosmetic result while protecting proper function and movement of their face and neck.