Scar revision may involve either nonsurgical or surgical treatments to reduce the visibility of scars on the face or body. These treatments restore function and correct the appearance of scars from trauma or prior surgery that have not healed properly. We offer options to help the cosmetic appearance of scars, including laser resurfacing, microneedling, and re-excising. These treatments can each be performed in a custom New York scar revision by Dr. Ostad, the leading dermatologist in New York. 



Scar revision can transform visible scars, whether due to acne, trauma, or surgery, to leave the affected skin appearing smoother, healthier, and the scars less noticeable. Every scar revision treatment performed by Dr. Ostad is an entirely custom procedure, geared to produce superior results. We will need to assess your scar based on its age and what your skin type is before determining the right treatment.

What can I expect with scar revision?

Most people would prefer to forget the situation that caused their scars—a troubled teenage complexion, surgery, or an injury—rather than see the scars every time they pass a mirror or experience the eyes of others drawn to them. Our highly-qualified dermatologist has extensive training and experience to treat a range of scars. In Dr. Ostad’s experienced hands, you can be confident that your scar revision will be custom-tailored to your skin. He utilizes a variety of time-tested medical treatments, laser therapies, and innovative techniques, such as microdermabrasion and microneedling. Re-excising the scar (re-stitching the area to make a thinner scar) is sometimes necessary.

The scar revision treatment you will receive from Dr. Ostad will depend on the type of scarring you have. We treat many types of scars:

  • Hyperpigmentation: darker skin color left by mild trauma
  • Atrophic: depressed, flat, or jagged scarring in upper skin layers
  • Hypertrophic: raised scars that usually result from infection or injury
  • Keloids: thick, clustered scars (triggered by over-aggressive collagen production) that exceed the area of tissue damage; dark-skinned people are often more prone to develop keloids
  • Contractures: burn scars that tighten and leave the skin shiny and smooth
  • Stretch marks: tears within deeper skin layers, appearing red or white, with an uneven, unsightly surface
  • Acne scars: this is the most common and troublesome type of scarring, affecting the face, often developing during adolescence or early adulthood; ice pick scars are large open pores, deep and narrow, generally on cheeks; boxcar scars are more extensive with depressed skin areas resulting from inflammation; rolling scars, caused by infection, give the skin a wavy appearance

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Scar revision treatments minimize scars and make them less conspicuous, so they blend with the surrounding skin tone and texture. You may be a candidate for scar revision if you are physically healthy and bothered by a scar anywhere on your body.



When you choose Dr. Ariel Ostad for scar reduction, you can expect compassionate, caring treatment from a board-certified doctor with outstanding skills and an excellent bedside manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery time after scar revision treatment?

After surgical scar revision, the initial healing may take one to two weeks. You may experience localized swelling, discoloration, and discomfort. Healing will continue for several weeks, and the new scar will slowly refine and fade. Recovery is similar after laser therapy, but much quicker after microneedling or microdermabrasion. These treatments have little or no downtime.

What causes scars?

When the skin is injured, the body produces extra collagen in the area of the injury. This meshwork of protein fibers collects to draw the wound together, allowing it to heal and protect you from infection. The appearance of a scar depends primarily on the size, depth, and location of the wound. Your unique skin type, color, and thickness play a role, as do your age, medications, and overall health.

Are scar revision results long-lasting?

Your final results after scar treatment will be long-lasting, but it may take several months to see the full outcome. In some cases after scar revision surgery, it can take up to a year for the new scar to fully heal and fade.

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