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Introduction to Scar Revision

Scars can be reminders, and for some are unique to our personality. But for most, it’s like a scratch in the paint on the hood of a classic car. If this is the case, it should be known that we have the power to erase or alleviate these scars and put your mind at ease. At William Lao, MD, in New York, NY, we specialize in world-renowned Scar Revision, offering a path to smoother, more confident skin. Say goodbye to the past and embrace a future where scars can be buffed out so you can shine while shifting gears through life. Welcome to a new chapter of beauty and confidence with Scar Revision at William Lao, MD.

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What is Scar Revision?

Scar Revision in New York City refers to a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures aimed at minimizing the appearance of scars. The goal of Scar Revision is to improve the texture, color, and overall appearance of scars, leading to smoother and more aesthetically pleasing skin. The specific approach used depends on the type and severity of the scar, as well as the individual’s skin type and preferences. Keep reading to learn about the types of scars and treatments that may align with you.

  • Keloid scars: Keloid scars are a type of raised scar that extends beyond the boundary of the original wound. They result from an overproduction of collagen during the healing process, leading to the formation of thick, raised, and often itchy or painful scars.
  • Acne scars: Acne scars are permanent indentations or raised areas on the skin that result from severe acne lesions. These scars occur when the skin’s underlying tissue is damaged during the healing process of acne.

Types of Treatments

  • CO₂ laser: This type of laser works by delivering concentrated beams of light energy to the skin’s surface, targeting and removing the outer layer of damaged skin cells. The CO₂ laser stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins for maintaining the skin’s structure and elasticity. As the skin heals, it becomes smoother, firmer, and more evenly toned, reducing the appearance of scars. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed to provide the best optimal result.
  • RF Microneedling: RF microneedling for scars is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars. During the treatment, a device with fine needles penetrates the skin’s surface, creating tiny punctures. These micro-injuries stimulate the skin’s natural healing process and promote collagen and elastin production, which helps to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of scars. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed to provide the best optimal result.
  • Skin booster/mesotherapy: Skin booster and Mesotherapy involve injecting vitamins, minerals, and hyaluronic acid into the skin to hydrate, plump, and revitalize damaged areas. These treatments offer effective solutions for individuals seeking to minimize the visible impact of scars and achieve smoother, more radiant skin.
  • Surgical Excision and Reclosure: In many wide and irregular shaped scars, surgical excision and reclosure using plastic surgery techniques might be the only solution to turn it into a thin straight line. Plastic Surgeons can also change the orientation of the scar so it can better hide in natural creases for optimal camouflage.
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Who are the best candidates for Scar Revision?

If you’re dealing with Acne Scars or Keloid scars, you may be a perfect candidate for Scar Revision in New York City. Some of the best candidates include:

  • Individuals with noticeable scars
  • Candidates in good overall health
  • Individuals with stable scars that are no longer changing in appearance or size
  • Non-smokers
  • Those with realistic expectations about the potential outcomes

What are the benefits of Scar Revision?

Scar revision offers several benefits for our patients in New York looking for solutions to scars, including:

  • Improved appearance
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Enhanced functionality
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Customized treatment
  • Long-lasting results

What to expect on the day of Scar Revision surgery or treatment

On the day of Scar Revision surgery, you can expect to arrive at William Lao, MD with confidence and excitement. The treatment process will vary based on the specific techniques used.

Using a CO₂ laser, the area to be treated may be numbed using a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The CO₂ laser is then precisely targeted at the scar tissue, delivering concentrated beams of light energy to vaporize the damaged skin cells layer by layer. This process helps to stimulate collagen production, which promotes the growth of new, healthier skin cells.

For RF Microneedling, we start by cleansing and numbing the skin, a device with fine needles and radiofrequency energy is used to create controlled punctures and deliver heat to the deeper layers of your scar. This process stimulates collagen production, breaks down scar tissue, and encourages skin renewal. Treatment typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, and you’re free to carry on with the day activities when complete.

Skin booster or Mesotherapy for scars involves a series of steps to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, promoting scar healing and improvement. A customized cocktail of vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid, botulinum toxin, and other nourishing ingredients is prepared. Using a fine needle or micro-injection technique, the solution is then gently injected into the targeted areas of the skin, including scarred areas.

Once any of these procedures is complete we will provide post-operative instructions and may prescribe medications to manage pain and prevent infection. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to promote proper healing and achieve optimal results from your scar revision surgery.

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Scar Revision recovery

Recovery from Scar Revision in New York depends on the specific treatment used and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients may experience some swelling, redness, and discomfort in the treated area immediately after the procedure. Pain medication and cold compresses can help alleviate these symptoms.

What’s the First Step?

The first step in Scar Revision in New York is to schedule a consultation with our team in New York. During this initial appointment, Dr. Lao will assess your scar, discuss your medical history, and listen to your concerns and goals with your scars. Once we see and analyze your situation, we will be able to create the most appropriate treatment plan based on the type of scar, its location, and your individual needs. This consultation is essential for developing a personalized approach to scar revision that aims to achieve the best possible results for you.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

By Choosing Dr. William Lao for your Scar Revision in New York, you’re choosing a surgeon who has prioritized education, communication, and patient experience over his illustrious career. Dr. Lao is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has an unparalleled ability to not only relate with his patients but also exceed expectations. Dr. Lao has had the honor of being featured as a TopDoc on the aesthetic publication NewBeauty, where he frequently loans his expertise and has been featured in several articles.

How much does Scar Revision cost in New York City, NY?

The average cost of scar revision in New York City typically starts at $1,500 and can range up to $5,000 or more, depending on factors such as the size and location of the scar, the complexity of the revision needed, anesthesia costs, and surgeon fees. For a personalized cost estimate and detailed information about the procedure, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. William Lao. During your consultation, our patient coordinator will provide a tailored quote and address any inquiries you may have regarding scar revision.


Is Scar Revision painful?

Pain levels can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the Scar Revision procedure. However, during Scar Revision surgery, local anesthesia or numbing cream is typically administered to the treatment area, which helps minimize discomfort. If you’re concerned about pain, feel free to discuss any concerns with Dr. Lao during the consultation so we can develop a personalized plan that addresses your needs, and ensure that pain and discomfort are minimal.

How many appointments will I need?

The number of appointments needed for Scar Revision can vary depending on the type and severity of the scar, as well as the chosen treatment approach. In some cases, a single appointment may be sufficient for minor scar revisions, while more complex cases may require multiple sessions spaced over several weeks or months. This will be planned and determined in your consultation.

How long until I see results?

The timeline to see results from Scar Revision treatments in New York City can vary depending on factors such as the type of scar, the chosen treatment method, and individual healing processes. In general, you may start to notice improvements in the appearance of your scar within a few weeks to months after treatment. However, significant improvements may continue to develop over several months as your skin heals and remodels.

Can I combine Scar Revision with other procedures?

Of course! Many of our patients combine their Scar Revision with Jawling Contouring or a Lip Lift to enhance their beauty goals. If you’re considering the combination of procedures, please bring it up in your consultation so we can offer our expert advice.

What are the risks associated with Scar Revision?

While Scar Revision is generally considered safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries some inherent risks and potential complications. These risks may include:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Adverse scarring
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Asymmetry

Schedule Your Consultation

No more stress over scars that can be washed away. To schedule your scar revision consultation at William Lao, MD in New York City, NY, please visit our contact page or call our office directly. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in arranging a convenient appointment time and answering any questions you may have about the procedure or the consultation process. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals and address any concerns you may have about scar revision.

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