Scar Treatment

Reconstructive Surgical Services

Scar Treatments at a Glance

Surgery Time: 
30 – 90 minutes
Local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
Office procedure suite or ambulatory surgery center
1 – 7 days

Numerous methods are available during elective surgery to “hide” or minimize incisions including placing them in areas where they are hidden by natural facial features. However, scars resulting from trauma, skin cancer removal and reconstructive surgery can often require further treatment to optimize their appearance. Scars that can benefit from scar treatments include keloids (common on the ears, chest, back, arms and legs), hypertrophic scars (thick, raised texture) and traumatic scars that cross the natural creases of the face or junctions between different regions of the face as well as scars that are disfiguring or that affect a person’s self esteem.

Dr. Weber was excellent, and outside of having a master touch for otoplasty, was supportive and responsive throughout the entire process. Having now known him several months, I consider Dr. Weber not only my surgeon, but a family friend.

Lone Tree, CO

I initially wanted my eyelids done and liposuction for my turkey neck. Dr. Weber explained that a chin implant would also help my neckline (I never have had much of a chin) and showed what this would look like by photoshoping my before surgery photos. I also wanted my tired eyes improved. I am very happy with the...

Lone Tree, Colorado

Dr Weber is extremely good at explaining the procedure in layman's terms and gives careful instructions for caring for your nose after the procedure! He makes himself available at anytime to answer any questions and has been helpful in the recovery process. I feel I've healed 10x quicker! My general doctor didn't...

Lone Tree, CO

Dr. Weber is the best out there!

Lone Tree, CO

Dr. Weber is a superstar in every way!

Lone Tree, Colorado

Scar revision involves surgically removing the scar and performing a meticulous, tension free repair or performing surgical maneuvers to re-orient or “move” the scar. Scar revision is often delayed 6-12 months to allow the wound to fully heal and the scar to soften and mature. However, scars that interfere with facial function, such as a scar that pulls the eyelid down resulting in dryness and exposure of the eye, are treated in an urgent fashion to prevent complications and further injury. Dr. Weber’s goal when planning and completing surgery is to handle the tissue delicately and perform meticulous work to provide an optimal scar.

Steroid injections can also be used to reduce the thickness and swelling present in hypertrophic or keloid scar tissue. A series of steroid injections can often dramatically improve hypertrophic scarring and avoid the need for surgical scar treatment.

Resurfacing procedures including dermabrasion and fractional laser treatments can be used as early as six weeks following injury or surgery to flatten scars, improve their color match and camouflage the scar, itself. Recently, we have also seen significant improvement in scar appearance when resurfacing procedures are combined with injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) into the scar tissue and onto the resurfaced scar.

The encouraging news is that most scars will improve over the first 12 months following injury. While scar revision surgery is often delayed for up to one year, we have many options to improve the appearance and texture of scars within the first few months after injury. When it comes to scar improvement, nothing substitutes for experience and meticulous technique.

Scars that can be improved include:

  • Wide scars
  • Depressed scars
  • Thickened scars
  • White or red scars
  • Scars that pull and distort the face, mouth or eyelids
  • Jagged scars
  • Scars that cross normal facial lines and wrinkles
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars