Scar Revision

Do scars from an accident or a surgery embarrass you or just make you feel bad about your appearance? Do you have scars that refuse to fade away over time? The solution could be scar revision. New York patients come to Dr. Sterry to make their scars less noticeable, and they leave feeling more confident in the way they look. Dr. Sterry will discuss several scar revision treatment methods with you so that you can achieve the look you desire.

Improve Unsightly Scars with Scar Revision Surgery

Scar Revision
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 118 View #1 View in New York, NY
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C-Section Scar Revision

This is a 26-year-old woman who had a cesarean section several years ago and was unhappy with the scar she was left with. It was wide, thickened in some areas, and indented. She reported that the contour deformity would actually show through bathing suits.The first picture shows the scar before and 2 years after the scar revision was p... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 146 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Abdominal Scar Revision & Belly Button Reconstruction

This 29-year-old woman came in asking for revision of her abdominal scar. She also noted that she could not locate her belly button since her previous emergency surgery. Her before-and-after photos are shown to the left (after photos taken 6 weeks later). Note the umbilicus has been reconstructed in addition to the scar re... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 112 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Scar Revision

This is a 61-year-old woman who was referred to me for scar revision in New York City. She needed an abdominal wall reconstruction after a major intra-abdominal catastrophe. She had a large wound that had been allowed to heal on its own over the course of several months. I decided that the best way to reconstruct her was to put the muscl... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 113 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Arm Scar Revision

This is a 20-year-old woman who had a traumatic injury to her right forearm. During her reconstruction, skin grafts were applied, and she developed thick scars around the edges.Dr. Sterry was able to surgically remove all of the skin graft and the thickened scars.  Unharmed, "normal" skin was then closed over the wound during her... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 114 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Face Scar Revision

This 45-year-old man came in asking for improvement in the appearance of his lower face scar. The scar had been bothering him for more than 10 years, and he finally decided to do something about it. See the improvement he achieved through a scar revision procedure in New York City.Patient Age:
45Motivation for Scar Revision:<... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 115 View #1 View in New York, NY
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C-Section Scar Revision

This 40-year-old woman came in complaining about a bad C-section scar. She was upset by the deep groove that she was left with. See the improvement she achieved after scar revision in New York City with Dr. Sterry.Patient Age:
40Pregnancies:
2 Motivation for Scar Revision:
Uneven skin and deep clef... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 117 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Surgical Scar Revision

This patient had an open wound that was left to heal on its own 10 years ago. The result was the wide and cosmetically unpleasing scar shown on the left. What is not obvious is that he also had multiple large hernias on his belly that required advanced repair.During the course of his abdominal wall reconstruction, we also decided to re... Read More
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Before & After Scar Revision Case 119 View #1 View in New York, NY
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Arm Scar Revision

This is a 28-year-old man who came to the office requesting revision of skin grafts on both arms. He had some large tattoos in this area when he was "young and foolish." After attempting multiple rounds of laser tattoo removal he says his skin began to scar from the laser and he was told that he would always have a shadow from the origin... Read More
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.


After your consultation, Dr. Sterry will determine the best scar revision method for your particular case. Some scars need to be excised and closed again to make them less conspicuous; some need to be re‐oriented to make them blend into the skin better, and others just need skincare treatments such as silicone sheets and silicone gels to help them to heal properly. When Dr. Sterry performs procedures such as a tummy tuck or mommy makeover, he takes great care to ensure the proper healing of incisions to minimize the appearance of scars.

You may also be a good candidate for laser scar revision, which requires treatments every one to three months to diminish redness. Another option is dermabrasion, which shaves the outer layers of the scar and surrounding skin to help it blend in.

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Thomas Sterry, MD, is a board-certified New York City plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He has been president of both the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons. In addition, he sits on the executive council of the New York County Medical Society and has been a delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York for years. At his inviting, boutique-style practice in Manhattan, he focuses on each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals so that he can provide the most attractive and natural-looking outcomes possible.

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If you have a scar that is bothering you, there may be a way to improve it. Scar revision surgery, laser therapy, or a number of other treatments could help. Let New York City Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sterry have a look at it and give you some advice.

After scar revision surgery, you can expect to see a more pleasant and natural appearance in the affected area. For many patients, the surgery can be life-changing. For patients with noticeable facial scars from an accident, for example, this procedure can completely change the level of confidence they feel.

Every patient is different, but Dr. Sterry often recommends waiting six months before investing in scar revision surgery to see if the scar will fade away naturally. Some patients have found that their scars would obviously not be fading away after as little as three months, though. If you’d like to discuss your options and find out if scar revision is right for you, contact Dr. Sterry’s office to schedule a consultation today. He will evaluate your unique situation and determine what the best options are to achieve your goals.

Scar Revision FAQ

What is your approach to treating scars?

My approach to treating scars is really multifaceted.

  • Some scars need to be surgically removed, or excised, and closed again to make a new, less conspicuous scar.
  • In some cases, I may reorient a scar by actually making it in a different shape so the scar blends in better.
  • Other patients just need good skincare—things like silicone sheets and silicone gels that help them to heal better and make a nicer scar.
  • I treat some scars with lasers every one to three months, which helps to fade the redness.
  • Dermabrasion—essentially a spinning file—can be used to shave off the outer layer of the scar, and a little bit of the surrounding skin, under a local anesthetic. When it heals, the scar blends in well and is less conspicuous.
  • I also offer scar treatment with SkinPen, a microneedling technique that builds up collagen development and can smooth away some types of scars.

How long should a patient wait before having a scar treated?

The textbook answer is at least six months. But I have to confess that I had a patient who was in a car accident on new year’s day last year and had a scar on her nose. It was soon obvious that the scar wasn’t healing well. I ended up taking her to the operating room after about three months, where I was able to remove a large portion of the scar and reorient other parts of it. Now it’s hard to see the scar at all.


What results can you expect from scar revision?

After scar revision, you can expect to see a more pleasing, natural appearance to the area that was injured.

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