About Scar Revision
Scars are a very common cosmetic skin flaw that can be located on any area of the body. In some cases, a scar is a reminder of a wound that once existed or some other issue that created a disruption to the skin’s surface. While most scars are not a worry, certain scars are unsightly and unappealing. They may be too wide or too big, bumpy, dark, raised, or recessed. Depending on where the scar is located and its condition, scar revision surgery may be needed to improve its appearance. Our Las Vegas, NV team is pleased to offer scar revision surgery at Plastic Surgery Vegas, which is an aesthetic treatment that aims to decrease the size and improve the overall appearance of your scar.
Types of Scars
There are many types of scars. The type you have can dictate the possible surgeries to improve it. The most common scars we treat are:
- Superficial Scars
These are the subtlest type of scars. They do not cause any issue besides an unsightly appearance.
- Keloid Scars
These scars are bigger in size and can be painful. The skin surrounding the scar is typically discolored and extends past the borders of where the wound once existed.
- Hypertrophic Scars
A hypertrophic scar may also be large in size. They may become thicker and grow in time, but they do not usually grow past the original wound borders.
- Contracture Scars
This type of scar is considered more complicated as the scar develops across a greater section of the skin. A burn is one example of a contracture scar. In many cases, a contracture scar feels tight and also limits movement in some patients.
Scar Revision Reviews
"Dr. Andrew Silver I was referred to Dr. Andrew Silver as the most qualified plastic surgeon for scar revision. I had the unfortunate experience of having poor facial work done that left me with a facial scar that did not lay flat and sat low at the side of my face. It was impossible to hide. From the moment I met Dr. Silver, he explained how he could improve the scar but also its’ limitations. He treated me patiently every six weeks for over one year to prepare the scar for the next stage - fat filler. The scar is much improved and I appreciated his skill, expertise and optimism at every appointment. I am forever grateful to Dr. Silver for his kindness and patience."- L.J. / Google / Nov 26, 2021
"Scars? What scars!! I am almost 52 & had a Lower Face Lift with Fat Transfer to the cheeks/face. I am almost three months post op. The results are wonderful- took ten years off easily. Dr. Silver and his staff are amazing at making you feel comfortable during the process. The results are subtle and soft - he masters the "Natural" look - & makes you look like a younger version of your true self with no distortion or "pulled too tight Fake" look. I was nervous on the Fat Transfer; however, I am very happy with the results! I believe I did choose the BEST w/ Dr. Silver and his team @Plastic Surgery Vegas."- M.K. / Google / Sep 08, 2022
"After being recommended to Seonaid fourteen years ago, I became an instant fan and I am now a long time patient/customer of Plastic Surgery Vegas. She has taken the time over the years to adjust my injections to get the optimal results and has even allowed me the opportunity to come back in for tweaks if I wasn’t 100% happy. Seonaid gives me her honest and professional opinions on injections and fillers and was instrumental in making me feel comfortable about moving forward with my lower face surgery with Dr. Silver. Also, she is always booked solid, yet she takes the time to fit me in the nooks and crannies of her schedule when necessary. She makes me feel comfortable, eases my anxiety and I know I will leave happy. Ultimately, it was Seonaid who assured me I would be in capable hands by choosing Dr. Silver for my neck/lower face lift surgery. At my first consultation, I couldn’t have felt more at ease from our initial visit. He was personable and professional as he walked me through the procedure and was up front about my expectations. I think he immediately caught on to my neurotic fears of aging, 😊 and was thoughtful and comforting to my concerns, lessening the intimidation of the surgery. His assistants Stacie and Evan have also been extremely responsive and caring- taking my calls, questions and e-mails pre and post surgery. The surgery center staff was amazing on surgery day and held my hand literally and figuratively. From the anesthesiologist to the night nurse, no box was left unchecked with my successful recovery in mind. Fast forward to approx 3 months post surgery, my perfectionist tendencies wouldn’t let me see past an old thyroid removal scar that was, in my opinion, ruining the otherwise beautiful result of my neck. Dr Silver listened to me, acknowledging my issue, and told me it was a precarious scar revision (not a simple fix), but gave me a safe time frame and agreed to revise the scar. I am now about a week healed from that final step in this process and I am very happy. Six months ago I had loose skin on my neck from rapid weight loss that I felt didn’t match my face or body. Today I am more confident with a tighter and smoother jawline and firmer neck. It’s easy to say that outward appearances shouldn’t be as important as inner beauty- until one day you look in the mirror and realize you need a little help feeling your true self. I now feel have found the perfect balance. Thank you Seonaid and Dr. Silver for making aging the new black."- J.A. / Google / Feb 04, 2023
"Dr. Silver performed my abdominoplasty with liposuction at the bra line and flanks. I am beyond pleased! It’s only 6 weeks post-op and friends and family have all have complimented on how natural everything looks. Thanks to Doctor Silver’s attention to detail and precision, my scars have already started to fade, and is easily covered wearing underwear or swim wear bottoms. Generally speaking, I notice someone has had a tummy tuck by looking at their belly button. This is what I was most impressed with! My belly button is perfectly placed and looks as though it were always there and always looking the way it was surgically placed, it’s beautiful! Thank you Dr. Silver, You have exceeded my expectations!"- M.A. / Google / Feb 11, 2023
"I had gynecomastia surgery for sagging skin in the chest after losing over 100 lbs. I'm Very happy with my results, I was quite apprehensive going in after researching online what to expect in terms of scarring. Dr Silver did not blow smoke about what to expect and was easily available to discuss my concerns. I'm not bothered even a little bit by my scars (though they are definitely present) as the overall aesthetic of my chest is so good that it's all I notice. If I had to choose again whether or not to have the procedure, I would do it again 100 times out of 100."- R.M. / Google / Mar 28, 2023
Is scar revision for you?
Men, women, and children who have a scar that is bothersome, unsightly, or causes insecurity and embarrassment may be good candidates for scar revision surgery. It's critical for potential patients at Plastic Surgery Vegas who get this surgery to be aware that although this treatment can improve the physical appearance of the scar and decrease its size, it will not be able to make it completely disappear. The type of procedure performed will be dependent on where the scar is located, the type of scar it is, and the size, shape, and depth.
Scar revision surgery
Scar revision surgery is usually performed in Plastic Surgery Vegas. We may use a local anesthetic or sedation, depending on the complexity of the case. For thick or bumpy scars, a shave excision can be done to level and even out the scar. Blemishes that are raised and larger may be decreased in size with an oval incision, which excises the scar and part of the skin and tissue around it. The skin is then re-sutured with a thin, clean line. For scars that were caused by improper healing, this can create a big improvement. Bigger scars or contracture scars will often need a tissue expansion or skin graft so that the original scar can be eliminated, allowing healthy skin and tissue to be sewn together. In some cases, it isn't the size or shape of the scar that is the issue but the texture or color. There are several state-of-the-art treatments with lasers that can improve the visibility and color of a scar, eliminating the need for surgery.
What to Expect
After a scar revision surgery, wound care is an important component of the post-treatment process. Our team will provide detailed instructions to help you take care of your wound so that the new scar is lighter, smaller, and thinner. Once your treatment is complete, you will be free to return home and resume your usual activities, depending on the type of sedation used. In some cases, a short rest is needed or you may require a friend or family member to drive you home.
Scar revision FAQS
Does scar revision eliminate the original scar?
No. However, these techniques will help to significantly diminish a scar's appearance to create a more natural and seamless aesthetic. It's also essential to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by our office very carefully to encourage optimal outcomes.
Are there nonsurgical options for scar revision?
Yes. There are a variety of noninvasive options available that can help improve the appearance of an unsightly scar. Dermal fillers are commonly used to fill in concave scars, and other treatments, like laser skin resurfacing, can help with surface blemishes, like acne scars.
Can scar revision be combined with another procedure?
Yes. Many of our clients opt to incorporate another procedure with their scar revision to attain even more dramatic results. During your initial consultation, talk to our team about all of your cosmetic goals so we can help build a custom treatment plan for you.
Improve Your Scar's Appearance
When you have an unsightly scar that troubles you, Plastic Surgery Vegas has numerous treatments to make it less noticeable. After examining the shape, size, type, and depth of your scar, a revision treatment plan will be developed to help decrease its appearance. Using surgical and nonsurgical procedures, our team will adjust the scar area and skin around it for a more natural and normal appearance. We invite you to call Plastic Surgery Vegas in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your scar assessment and consultation.