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Scar Removal

Moving Past the Scar

Scar Removal at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Scars tell a story, but your skin does not have to. In Northern Brooklyn, NY, double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky uses a range of surgical and non-surgical approaches to treat scars. During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will assess your scar, address your concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your aesthetic needs.

What is scar removal?

Reduce the appearance of unsightly scars at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Brooklyn scar removal, or scar revision, uses various surgical techniques and is often combined later in time with non-surgical scar treatments such as laser skin resurfacing. When the skin suffers an injury by trauma or surgery, the body begins its natural healing process by creating scar tissue. In this process, a large supply of collagen is released to help the body repair the damage. However, as the collagen remodels over several months, various repair mechanisms can lead the scar to look raised, lumpy, jagged, discolored, or depressed.

Scars often take several years to fade; however after a year, most scars remain fairly stable in appearance. When seeking scar removal Brooklyn patients with scarring on the face and neck come to Dr. Khelemsky for cosmetic reasons as well as to restore symmetry and a sense of harmony to the overall appearance, without the constant reminder of a previous surgery or injury. Scar revision can bring a tremendous sense of relief and a positive emotional impact.

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How do I know if scar removal is right for me?

A healing path

A scar is usually defined by its clinical appearance and can include hypertrophic scars, keloid scars, and atrophic or depressed scars. During your consultation for a scar removal Brooklyn Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Khelemsky, will examine the location and size of your scar to determine what type of procedure is needed. Scar revision does not make the scar disappear entirely. However, it significantly reduces its impact by creating a far better and less conspicuous scar. Most often, small to medium size scars can be surgically revised in the office under local anesthesia. However, larger scars that require more complex techniques are best treated in the operating room with sedation anesthesia.

Children may be eligible for surgical scar revision. However, a consultation is required to assess the best timing of surgery with respect to their continued growth of facial features surrounding the scar. It is essential to have realistic expectations about how your scar will look at various stages of healing. While the ultimate goal is to greatly improve the appearance of any scar, it is important to understand that every surgery is followed by a natural period of recovery, which may make your scar appear more evident for a limited duration of time. Dr. Khelemsky will discuss all stages of healing with you and what to expect during a personalized consultation.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

Scar Removal Procedure

MOST SCAR REMOVALS ARE PERFORMED IN-OFFICE AND TAKE ABOUT ONE HOUR

Before your scar revision, a local anesthetic is administered so you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The skin is cleansed for a sterile procedure. Dr. Khelemsky will then proceed with the surgical method as discussed in your consultation and treatment plan. Various surgical techniques may be used for scar revision, including:

  • New wound edges are properly aligned with maximum eversion to allow for gradual flattening of the wound as it contracts and heals.
  • Unnecessary trauma to skin edges is avoided by using delicate and meticulous techniques, fine-toothed forceps, and skin hooks during surgery.
  • Whenever possible, incisions are specifically made along the Relaxed Skin Tension Lines (RSTLs) to allow for improved scar camouflage.
  • Various tension-relieving techniques may be used such as Z-plasty or W-plasty to release scar tissue.
  • A geometric broken line closure may be selected to break up the appearance of a large, thick scar into one that is finely placed, irregular, and inconspicuous.
  • Some patients may require a staged approach using serial scar excision surgeries spaced three to six months apart.
  • Many patients will later advance to nonsurgical scar treatments, including fractional CO2 laser or radiofrequency microneedling, after they have adequately healed to further refine the skin’s appearance. These treatments can also be used in place of surgery for more mild or relatively well-appearing scars.

Once your surgery is completed, Dr. Khelemsky may apply a light bandage or simply dress the incision with medicated ointment. You will receive specific instructions for the post-operative care of your incision.

Scar Removal Recovery

After your scar revision, you will begin daily incision care. Keeping your incision clean and well hydrated is key to cosmetic healing. The use of ointment for one week followed by a bland cream will be discussed. You may experience some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the early phase of healing. However, these symptoms will gradually subside within the first one to two weeks. After several weeks, scar massages and the use of silicone scar gel are recommended to further fade the appearance of the newly healed incision. Following postoperative instructions and maintaining regular follow-up visits in the office will help minimize risks and ensure optimal results.

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Results

You can expect to see a significant improvement from scar removal. Many patients elect to have additional non-surgical treatments such as microneedling or laser skin resurfacing to further enhance their results. Scar revision depends on your body’s natural timeline of wound healing and maturation. During the first three to six months, there is an abundance of immature collagen and vessels that cause the incision to appear red and raised. The final stage of healing is remodeling, and it is during this phase that the body is able to flatten and fade the appearance of newly formed scars. This final stage may last for up to 18 months. Patients are encouraged to perform daily massages to their incisions once they are healed, use sunscreen at all times, and apply silicone scar gel to maximize their results.

Schedule your Scar Removal consultation at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery today

Discover if surgical scar revision is right for you.

Scars are visible signs of the past, be it an injury, surgery, or trauma, and can cause you to feel self conscious. RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Brooklyn offers surgical and non-surgical scar revision to reduce the unsightly appearance of scars. Schedule your personalized consultation with double board certified facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky today to find out if scar revision is right for you.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large.

Dr. Renata Khelemsky is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Renata achieves beautiful and natural transformations by working with her patients’ features to accentuate their unique beauty. Each personalized consultation begins with an in-depth analysis of the face, focusing on the multiple layers that determine our unique beauty.

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Frequently Asked Questions

During your procedure, you receive either a local or general anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Dr. Khelemsky will inform you of what to expect before, during, and after your surgery to ensure your comfort every step of the way.

Scar revision is a relatively safe surgical procedure; however, some risks include bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, and further scarring. Proper after-care will greatly diminish these risks.

During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky and her team will discuss the cost of your procedure and address any of your concerns.

Scar removal is most commonly a cosmetic procedure. However, patients may be recovering from prior trauma or accidents that were covered by their insurance policy. While our practice does not participate in any insurance plans or programs, including Medicaid or Medicare, payment and financing may be available through CareCredit.

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At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive excellent customer service, communication, personal attention, and scheduling flexibility. Located in the historical and breathtaking waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York, our office serves local neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Queens, and Long Island City.

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