Scar Revision

While many scars will naturally mature and fade,becoming less visible with time, some do not and some may actually worsen over time. If you have a scar that bothers you and that you find aesthetically displeasing, scar revision by Dr. Chivers may be a good option for you. Aesthetically displeasing scars may be excessively wide, elevated or indented. Scars may be irregularly shaped or be discoloured resulting in hypo- or hyper-pigmentation. Any of the above features may worsen the appearance of a scar or make them more unattractive. A scar resulting from iatrogenic surgical causes or trauma will never completely go away. In consultation, Dr. Chivers will be able to assess your scar and help determine the best options for revising it to make it less visible for you should this be a possibility.


Candidates for scar revision are individuals who are in overall good health and have one or more scars that they find visually unappealing. Every scar is different, but candidates for scar revision usually have one of the following:

  • A scar that is excessively wide.
  • A scar that is irregularly shaped.
  • A scar that notably protrudes or is indented from the surrounding skin.
  • A scar that is significantly lighter or darker in colour than the surrounding skin.


Because scars are so different, there are multiple surgical procedures that Dr. Chivers uses to alter the scar’s appearance. The most common procedures include:

  • Re-excision – Cutting away of scar tissue and attempting to revise the scar to make it smaller or less noticeable in appearance.
  • Laser or Dermabrasion – Surgery that removes the outer layer of a scar or assists with depigmentation.
  • Skin grafts – Transfer of tissue from one place of the body to the scar area.
  • Tissue expansion – Surgical procedure that expands healthy tissue surrounding the scar in order to replace it.

Furthermore, when appropriate, scar revision may also involve topical treatments and subdermal injections in order to adjust the colouring and smoothness of the scar tissue:

  • Steroid injections – To assist with elevated or keloidal scars reducing them in size.
  • Lightening creams–To assist with depigmentation.

Whatever the treatment used, the result is scar tissue that more closely resembles the surrounding skin.


Scar revision is almost always outpatient surgery performed under local anesthesia. Unless the scar is on a part of the body that would interfere with daily activities, patients can usually return to work the day after the surgery. For about one to two weeks, you will experience minor pain at the location of the surgery. Additionally, there will usually be some swelling, bruising and odd colouration during that time.



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While some scar revision surgery is purely cosmetic, many scar revisions Dr. Chivers performs are for medical reasons after a major injury. If you have a scar that requires scar revision, simply schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chivers.

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