Michael H. Moses, MD, FACS

Scar Revisions

All of us are self-conscious about scars, especially facial scars. Injuries or scars can also interfere with the function of the eyes, mouth, or nose. If you have wondered how scar revision might improve your appearance, your self-confidence, or your facial functions, scar revision may be helpful for you.

When the skin is injured, whether the result of an accident, surgery, a burn, or acne, scarring will occur. Once formed, the scar is permanent, but plastic surgical scar revision can sometimes make it better.

Your Individual Goals

Dr. Moses will explain how scar revision works and what you can realistically expect. Dr. Moses will go over all your options, including non-surgical ones such as topical gels, injectable fillers, and dermabrasion. He will address your questions and provide you with all the information you will need. Together, the two of you will decide which procedures you want him to perform to achieve your desired results.

About Scar Revision

Most scar revisions are done as an outpatient procedure, often with only local anesthesia. Some scars simply require Dr. Moses to excise them and re-close the wound with plastic surgical techniques. He will sometimes use local skin flaps, skin grafts, or tissue expanders to expand the area of normal skin prior to surgery.

Recovery from Scar Revision

After surgical scar revision, you may experience localized swelling, bruising, or discomfort from a few days to 1 to 2 weeks. Healing will continue for weeks. Though your scar revision results will be long-lasting, it may take several months or, in some cases a year, for the new scar to fully heal and fade.


Dr. Moses knows the importance of feeling comfortable with your appearance. While scars cannot be completely removed, many people feel relieved after scar revision. You will no longer have to worry about becoming embarrassed in public by people staring at your scar. While the accident or the surgery may have been unavoidable, at least you’ll know that you have done what you can to minimize its consequences.