Scar Revision

Reduce the Appearance of a Scar at our Los Angeles-area Practice

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*Patient results may vary.

Whether they’re formed by accident or from surgery, scars can be mysterious and unpredictable in the way they develop or persist on the skin. The way a scar develops depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury or the surgeon’s skills. Many variables can affect a scar’s severity, such as the size and depth of a wound, the nature of blood supply to the area, the direction of the scar, and the thickness and color of your own skin.

It is a personal matter, of course, as to how much the appearance of a scar bothers you. While no scar can be eliminated completely, a procedure for scar revision at our Los Angeles area practice with Dr. Steven Svehlak or Dr. Daniel Yamini can often improve a scar’s appearance.

If you’re considering a scar revision procedure, a consultation with our double board-certified surgeons will answer your questions and give you a basic understanding of the most common types of scars, the scar revision procedures used to treat them, and the results you can realistically expect. The revision of C-section scars, for example, is often performed as part of a Mommy Makeover package.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of a scar, contact our Los Angeles‐area clinic or by calling (310) 858-9100 to set up a consultation for scar revision with one of our double board-certified surgeons.

Why Do Scars Stick Around?

Obvious, disfiguring, or unsightly scarring may occur as a result of a wound healing poorly. But even one that has healed relatively well can form a noticeable scar due to the extent of damage that may have occurred.

Scars can be raised or sunken relative to the skin around it, or can stand out due to a harsh-looking difference in color or texture from the healthier, surrounding tissue. The shape, size, and area of the scar may also make it negatively stand out.

What Does a Scar Revision Process Entail?

The purpose of scar revision treatments or procedures is to minimize the appearance of a scar so that it looks more uniform with the tone and texture of the surrounding skin. The extent of improvement that can be attained with a scar revision procedure depends on the above aspects – and so do the methods your surgeon may recommend.

While just a single technique could provide significant results for some individuals, your surgeon may recommend a combination of scar revision methods in order to maximize what you can achieve.

Some scar revision methods include:

  • Topical treatments such as tapes, compressions, or gels, can accelerate the healing process, help close up the wound, and improve normal pigmentation during healing
  • Injectable treatments, such as fillers, can help fill concavities in a scar, either short‐ or long‐term
  • Injectable medications, such as Kenalog and/or 5‐FU, can help soften and lighten thick hypertrophic and keloid scars
  • Surface treatments such as lasers, dermabrasions, peels, or bleaches can reduce irregular pigmentation and texture, primarily by encouraging production of healthier, fresher‐looking skin tissue
  • Incisions can be made for deeper, older scars to give the skin a second chance to heal better, while advanced techniques in closing these incisions (such as different forms of layered closure, Z‐plasty, W‐plasty, etc.) can reposition a scar to a less conspicuous position, or improve flexibility of tissue to combat a hindrance in movement in certain areas

To explore your options for scar revision, contact Sunset Cosmetic Surgery or by phone at (310) 858-9100.

Please note that all Before and After photographs shown on this site are patients of Dr. Svehlak or Dr. Yamini who have given permission to have their photos published. Images may be edited only to obscure distinctive features such as moles, jewelry, tattoos, or birthmarks for patient privacy. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Individual results may vary. Reputable surgeons do not guarantee outcomes, and no prediction of outcome is implied. Individual healing characteristics and unexpected complications can affect the outcome of any surgical or non-surgical procedure.