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What scar revision can do for you

At Gartner Plastic Surgery Center in New York, scar revision can be a satisfying cosmetic solution to long term skin problems. Many of us have scars somewhere on our body, large or small, related to past injury or procedures. A scar is a natural seal formed by the body from the synthesis of collagen fibers following tissue injury. Scar formation acts like building materials- pulling separated tissue strongly together and is one of the body’s natural defenses to protect healing tissue against invasion by foreign microorganisms. We can develop a scar once healed from a burn, acne breakouts, surgical procedure or other trauma to the skin. Once the process of healing is completed, the scar naturally starts to fade throughout the first year. This process of scar maturation can be as long as 18 months in some situations. It is a multi-step process where the scar undergoes multiple changes over the course of time.

Depending on an individual’s healing ability, their skin pigment, the way an incision was closed or the location on the body, sometimes a scar will remain visible, raised, depressed or darkened many years later.There are types of fat and tissue which do not respond well to natural weight loss methods. Remaining issues like loose, excess skin can be extremely frustrating and uncomfortable. Sometimes, hanging skin can cause discomfort and affect your movement or ability to exercise. Please know that you are not alone. These are common problems and though there is no quick, easy solution-you do have options and cosmetic surgery in the skilled, experienced hands of a board certified Plastic Surgeon is able to accomplish dramatic, transformative changes for your body.

Scar Revision

Dr. Michael Gartner is a double board certified plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience performing various cosmetic procedures including scar revision.

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What makes your scar revision at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

  • In some cases, aesthetically displeasing scars can produce psychological distress for people who have to live with them, especially when the cause of injury brings bad memories. Visible scars on the face, neck or arms can impact professional life and relationships. A revision surgery is able to change the appearance of the scar either by blending its texture with surrounding skin or excising it completely to create a new, controlled, clean scar which will heal to be smaller or thinner.
  • Scar revision can also be achieved with less invasive methods such as laser resurfacing, topical products, tattoo micropigmentation and the injection of steroid medications. Depending on the type and depth of injury, various complexities mean that it is not always possible to completely remove a scar. In such situations, surgeons may consider more advanced wound closure techniques.

Are You A Candidate For Scar Revision?

At Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we specialize in performing scar revisions.

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How can we help you at GARTNER PLASTIC SURGERY Clinic

Raised or elevated scar tissue is often the most visually prominent and it is difficult to achieve good results with standard surgical excision. In these situations, laser resurfacing and/or dermabrasion can be used to remove the uppermost layers of the skin which is believed to then stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin to produce a less prominent scar. Scars which have developed excess pigment can appear darker than surrounding skin.

This is a common problem for Asian and darker skin types. Exposing a scar to UV rays while healing can also cause scar tissue to become pigmented. Laser treatments may help to reduce pigment and reduce the visibility of these scars. The results are usually seen a few weeks post-procedure. Laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion are not effective for treating scars that are deep or have a depressed surface. The surgeon will have to use a laser light or abrading tool to address these types. Depressed scars, depending on the size and location can also be filled with dermal fillers to help smooth the texture and fill space. The effects could last between 9-12 months. The scar will still technically remain but its smoother appearance and flat surface will make it difficult to be seen.

Your Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Gartner will allocate time to discuss the various treatment options that are available for your specific situation.

Because it can take up to 18 months for some scars to heal completely, it is generally recommended that patients wait 1 year or more to undergo a revision surgery because results may not be reliable on changing scar tissue.

However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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Your Surgery Explained

Your surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art surgical facility. Our facility is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). AAAASF medicare certification is considered the gold standard in accreditation and one of the highest certifications any ambulatory center can obtain in the country.

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Hypertrophic and keloid scars

Hypertrophic and keloid scars are some of the most prominent raised scars. In some situations, the two are practically indistinguishable, however, differentiation is important because the hypertrophic scar is generally more responsive to treatment and will shrink over time, while the keloid scar will spread. Keloids are more commonly seen in women as well as individuals with African ancestry.

Genetics has a major role to play in the development of keloids. The primary approach to treating these scars is to reduce their size by directly injecting steroid medications. If it is found that the steroid based injections are ineffective, then surgical excision may be an alternate option to reduce the scar. It is common for patients to undergo a combination of these two procedures to obtain optimal results.

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Acne is the most common dermatological condition affecting teens and young adults. It is estimated that more than 80% of this demographic are affected by acne at some point in time. It is caused by the clogging of hair follicles and in most situations, is treatable with topical and oral medications, however, in some rare instances, it can leave behind long-term texture and color changes in the form of acne scarring on the face.

For most teenagers, it will be a somewhat distressing condition because the scarring not only disfigures their face but can affect their interpersonal relationships and self-image in a negative way. Often adults who have finally, successfully moved out of an active acne phase, are disappointed to find that the scars remain long after the condition.


Congratulations, within a few months you’ll be able to see the results of your scar revision surgery! All you have to do is to follow the post-surgery care instructions provided to you by Dr. Gartner and wait for your breasts to settle.

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Your Results

Even though there are a variety of topical medications on the market that can help improve mild scarring, severe acne that results in scars will require laser skin resurfacing, dermal filler injection, or in some cases, excision. Most of these treatments provide a long-lasting cosmetic improvement by flattening and correcting the discoloration of the acne scar. The characteristics of the scar dictate the most appropriate treatment. It is important to let your surgeon know if you have taken the medication Accutane within the past year as it may affect the outcome of some procedures.

We welcome you to contact us at (855) 956 – 1661 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gartner. International clients residing outside the United States can reach us at +1 (201) 546 – 1890 or visit us at


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