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Scar Revision

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 5, 2023.

Scar revision is surgery to improve the look of one or more scars. Scar revision may also help correct or fix a painful or disfiguring scar. You will still have a scar, but it will look smoother and less visible.


Seek care immediately if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • You notice a change in your heartbeat.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Limit activity as directed. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you avoid putting force, tension, or pressure on your surgery area. Your provider may recommend that you limit certain activities while your incisions heal.
  • Care for your wound as directed. Follow your provider's directions on how to clean and care for your wounds.
  • If you had scar revision surgery on your face, keep your head elevated when you lie down. This helps decrease swelling.
  • Use cold compresses as directed to decrease swelling.
  • Do not expose your scar to sunlight because it can darken your scar.

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