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Matt Hlavacek, MD, DDS
Dr. Jason Baker, DDS



Scar Revision Kansas City

Scar revision is a group of cosmetic techniques that can be used to improve the appearance of your scar, regardless of its size, type or age. Though scars can never be completely removed, the appearance of scarring may be greatly diminished.

Who can benefit from scar revision?

The best candidates for scar revision will possess good overall health and realistic expectations. Scar revision may be used to treat:

  • Hyperpigmented scars
  • Large or plainly visible scars
  • Keloid scarring
  • Raised scars
  • Deep depression scars

After scar revision, the appearance of your scar should be greatly reduced. Scar revision can drastically improve the size, shape and color of your scar. Multiple procedures may be needed to achieve optimal results.

There are several different techniques that can be used during your scar revision. The best way to determine which technique will yield the best results is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

What to expect during your scar revision

Your scar revision may involve one or more of the following:

Topical or injectable treatments

Topical treatments (gels, creams, external compression) are ideal for mild scarring or changes in pigmentation. Injectable treatments like dermal fillers are best for filling in scar depressions. These treatment options can provide long-lasting improvements. however, they are not always permanent.

Surface treatments

Chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser therapy and skin bleaching may be used to improve skin tone and texture. More than one treatment may be needed to achieve optimal results.

Surgical removal

Your scar will be surgically cut out of your skin. This technique is only used in more extreme cases. Reconstruction using tissue expansion or skin grafting may be needed following removal to minimize the appearance of further scarring.

After your scar revision

Scar revision surgery recovery varies depending on the procedure you have elected. Topical and injectable treatments rarely require downtime. Surface treatments and surgical removal can require several days of recovery. You may experience some temporary bruising, swelling or discomfort. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can be used to manage pain.

Topical and injectable treatments are likely to require sustained application to maintain results long-term. The final results of surface treatments and surgical removal may not be visible for several weeks to months. It is important to protect the treatment area from direct sun exposure for several weeks. Additional details about your specific recovery will be discussed during your consultation.

Understanding the risks of scar revision

All medical procedures carry a degree of risk and uncertainty, including scar revision. Potential complications may include pain, infection, changes in sensitivity and additional scarring. These risks will be discussed in depth during your consultation.

If you’re ready to take the next step

If you’re considering scar revision, contact our Kansas City office to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss important details regarding your procedure, along with payment options. You will also have the opportunity to view our archive of patient photos.