Scar Revision Information


In general, good candidates for scar revision:

  • Are bothered by a scar anywhere on their body

  • Do not have active acne or other skin diseases in the area to be treated

  • Are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Are nonsmokers

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for a scar revision, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising


The final results of your scar revision will be long lasting, however it may take several months for your final results to become apparent and in some cases it may take a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade. The initial healing phase lasts about 1 to 2 weeks and may include localized swelling, discoloration, or discomfort. A new scar will appear and slowly refine and fade. Limiting sun exposure will prevent scar discoloration and reduce risk of UV exposure.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of scar revision include:

  • Limited or no improvement

  • Infection

  • Delayed healing

  • Damage to skin sensation

  • Skin loss

  • Need for additional surgery

Unlikely Complications