Minimize Unsightly Scars
Dr. Azar performs scar revision surgery in Thousand Oaks to improve the appearance of scars that do not respond to cortisone drugs, steroids, or skin gels. Several techniques are available, including excision and laser treatment. Many factors determine the severity of scarring: the size of a wound, its depth, the blood supply to the area, and skin tone. No surgeon can completely remove a scar, but the appearance of most scars can be greatly improved.
Scars form when tissue grows over a wound to protect it. The goal of scar revision surgery is to improve or minimize the appearance of scars and to help you feel less self-conscious about them. There are various scar revision methods, ranging from injections, surgical excision and closure, laser treatment, and resurfacing the skin. Other techniques include subscision and fat grafting to correct dimpling or areas where the scar is stuck to deeper tissues. Each scar is unique and may require a different approach. Scar revision surgery with subsequent kenalog injections can be a treatment option for keloid scars. Your scar or scars will be assessed at your consultation to determine the best treatment option.
Smooth, Even Skin
Scar removal surgery helps minimize the unsightly appearance of a scar, leaving you with more confidence about your looks. Recovery time can depend on the size and location of the treated scar, but there is typically very little to no downtime. The results of the revision are permanent.
Scar revision is great for treating stubborn, unsightly scars from surgeries, injuries, burns, and even acne. If you have tried treating a scar with topical treatments and have not achieved your desired results, revision surgery may be your next best option. Scar revision surgery is safe for people in overall good health who do not have active skin conditions. Dr. Azar will review all the options with you at the time of your consultation.
Beautifully Healthy-Looking Skin
Depending on the procedure, local or general anesthesia will be administered. Scar excision carefully removes the scar, and the edges are then sewn together using a multi-layer approach with the experience and skill of a seasoned Plastic Surgeon. For people with existing skin graft, which is generally used for burn scars, the graft area is removed, and a closure of the resulting wound is performed if possible. This can be determined during your consultation.
Laser Scar Removal is a nonsurgical procedure that uses a focused beam of light to either remove scar tissue or poke holes in it to promote collagen production and allow your body to create new, smoother skin. Scars on the face, especially in patients with lighter skin tones, may be resurfaced with a fractional Co2 laser (Smartskin Co2). This effectively smoothes the appearance of the scar making it much less noticeable.
RF Microneedling - is a non surgical option where numbing cream is applied to the scar and then repeated insertion of needles with a RF microneedling device such as our Secret RF is used to help minimize appearance of the scar. Several treatments are necessary and is a great alternative to laser resurfacing.
Excel V Laser for scars - This is a mild laser treatment for eliminating the redness color of scars which is very common in almost all scars. It requires no downtime and very little to no pain. Most scars require at least 3 and up to 5 treatments to eliminate all redness. Treatments are very reasonably priced.
Science vs. Scars
Silagen® is an advanced silicone treatment that includes SPF 30 for minimizing the appearance of scars and UV protection ingredients to help guard the maturing scar from the aggravating effects of the sun, such as erythema (redness) and hyperpigmentation.
Silagen® is used for the prevention and management of hypertrophic (raised, red) scars and keloids. This silicone gel may be used on scars resulting from cosmetic and surgical procedures, trauma, wounds, and burns, and is effective on old and new scars. Once applied, Silagen patented gel dries within minutes, forming an invisible silicone sheet over the affected area.
This breathable, flexible, waterproof layer binds with the stratum corneum (outer layer of dead skin cells), providing hydration and protection to underlying tissue, allowing the scar to mature through regular collagen synthesis cycles. The patented silicone formulation in Silagen® has been shown to flatten, soften, and smooth scars, reduce discoloration, as well as relieve itching, pain, and discomfort associated with scars – both old and new. Its patented, proven silicone technology and high-protection sunscreens ensure the optimal healing environment for all scars and promote aesthetic scar outcomes.
Improve Your Self-Image
Depending on how extensive your surgery is, you may need to limit activities that could put any strain or stress on the wound during the first few days or weeks. Swelling and bruising may be noticeable for the first one or two weeks and should be addressed using a cold compress. Minimize exposure to sunlight as much as possible by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen or wearing protective clothing. Recovery times vary based on the location of the surgery. For example, scar removal on your leg may differ from scar removal on your face.
With the correct procedure, you will notice a permanently lessened and improved appearance to your once noticeable scar. While surgery may improve a scar’s appearance, it’s important to note that a scar cannot be entirely erased.
Feel Confident in Your Skin
If you would like to find out about scar revision, request a consultation with Dr. Azar at his office near Westlake Village. Or you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Azar develops innovative surgical techniques and is dedicated to providing exceptional outcomes.
Generally, patients only experience minor discomfort following their operation and are able to return to work the following day without the need for pain medication.
As with any surgery, risks include infection and bleeding. Scar recurrence or worsening can occur. If you have a risk of keloids or hypertrophic scars, they can recur after scar revision surgery. Closely follow the instructions given by Dr. Azar to help avoid and minimize risks and complications.
Scar revision surgery is considered elective cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance.
Dr. Kouros Azar, founder and medical director of Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, is an attentive listener, a devoted surgeon and doctor, and a highly-skilled biomedical engineer. He matches his patients with the best possible treatments by drawing on his extensive expertise, compassion, and research skills. Make an appointment with Dr. Azar now to discuss your rejuvenation options.