Scar Revision

Scar Revision is a surgical procedure employed to improve or reduce the appearance of scars caused by an injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for this procedure?

Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for Scar Revision Surgery:


You have had an accident that has left a large scar on your face


A previous facial surgery did not heal as well as expected


Scar tissue from a previous incident is visible on your face

Considering Scar Revision

Most often it is best to allow a scar to mature fully before consideration of a revision surgery and this can take up eight to twelve months.

When considering revision surgery it is important to remember that you are always trading an old scar for a new scar. The techniques we employ plan for the new scars to be less apparent by decreasing size, orientating in natural creases, and decreasing skin color changes.

How Will My Plastic Surgeon Evaluate Me?

Dr. Bundrick and Dr. O’Neal can assess facial scars and develop a treatment plan to improve appearance.

After approximately six weeks, scars should be tending to remodel resulting in less fullness, tightness, and redness. Throughout the healing process application of topical scar creams, massage, and sun protection are important.

We can also assess if the scar is tending to increase in size or width (hypetrophic scars) or even grow beyond the bounds of the original injury (keloid). In these instances, patients may benefit from injections of steroids or applications of silicone sheets to scars that appear to be “over healing.”

What is the Procedure Like?

Each procedure is different and is based on the severity of the scars. For severe cases, a skin graft from another part of the body may be used. For less severe cases, dermabrasion may be used. 

Post-Procedure Actions

Most patients will be discharged the same day. If the case is severe, it may take a few days.

Your stitches will be removed by your doctor after about a week. Use cold compresses to keep the swelling down. 

The Results

Keep in mind that no scar can be removed completely and the degree of improvement depends on the size and direction of your scar, the nature and quality of your skin, and how well you care for the wound after surgery. It is important to remember that scar tissues require a year or more to heal fully.

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