Breast Scar Revision

Scars are a natural part of our bodies’ healing process, but not everyone is happy with the appearance of scars after breast surgery. Women who have previously undergone cosmetic breast enhancement may wish to reduce the appearance of their surgical scars, or improve the look of mastectomy scars following breast reconstruction. Breast scar revision can help minimize the appearance of healed incisions, helping women feel better about the appearance of their breasts.

Breast Scar Revision

Dr. Michael Halls is an experienced breast revision specialist and board certified plastic surgeon serving women in the San Diego area and beyond. He offers a full range of breast revision procedures as well as the most innovative techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery for beautiful, natural-looking results.

Please contact us online or call La Jolla Breast Institute today at (858) 458-0100 to schedule your breast scar revision consultation.

Why Choose Dr. Halls

Dr. Halls has dedicated his career to delivering the best possible outcomes to his patients. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, he completed seven years of training in plastic surgery residency and fellowships, including two years at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Halls contributes his knowledge to the medical community and time to the local community. He has researched and published extensively on breast surgery topics, and he is the co-founder and chairman of Doctors Offering Charitable Services (DOCS).

The welcoming and patient-focused environment of La Jolla Breast Institute helps patients feel comfortable and confident that they are in good hands. Patients receive personal attention every step of the way, along with expert guidance and education from Dr. Halls and his staff members. Our focus on enhancement of the breast means that you can rest easy knowing that our specialization has helped thousands of women like you.

About Breast Scars

There are a number of different types of breast scars, and the way Dr. Halls addresses your scar revision depends largely on the type of scar and the scar placement.

  • Keloid scars: These scars are thick, raised clusters of scar tissue that grow beyond the edges of the incision. Keloids are often red in color and can feel itchy. They result from the body’s production of excess collagen after an incision has healed. Keloid scars can be treated with a steroid injection directly into the scar tissue, or for a more extensive treatment, the scar can be surgically removed in conjunction with radiation therapy and/or pressure therapy.
  • Hypertrophic scars: Like keloids, these scars can also be thick, red and raised, but they differ from keloid scars because they remain within the boundaries of the incision or wound. These scars can often improve on their own over the course of a year or more, but they can also be addressed surgically. By first removing excess scar tissue, Dr. Halls can reposition the incision to a less conspicuous location or pattern.
  • Contractures: These scars often result from burns or other injuries that cause the loss of a large area of skin. The remaining edges of skin pull together to form contractures, which can sometimes restrict movement by affecting surrounding muscles and tissue. Correcting contractures often involves removing the scar and replacing it with skin grafts from other areas of the body.
  • Z-Plasty: This is a surgical technique that repositions a scar in such a way that it will appear less noticeable, typically by removing the old scar and replacing it with new incisions on either side. These new incisions form triangular flaps, which are rearranged over the area in a Z-shaped pattern. The ideal result is a scar that closely conforms to the natural lines and creases of the skin.

In addition to the procedures described above, women are encouraged to consult with Dr. Halls regarding any other types of scars or concerns they may have about scarring.


Visiting our patient photo gallery to see real women before and after undergoing breast scar revision can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect to see after your own procedure. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about breast reduction and lift procedures in our Breast Revision FAQs.


The costs of your breast scar revision procedure will vary depending on the approach that Dr. Halls uses, whether the treatment is surgical or non-surgical and if your breast scar revision is combined with any other procedures. The total charges involved in breast scar revision are inclusive of Dr. Halls’ procedural fees, the use of the treatment facility, and anesthesiologist fees. After your consultation Dr. Halls’ staff will discuss surgical costs with you, including information about procedures that may be allowed by your insurance plan or are self-pay, so you can make an informed decision before moving forward.

Recovery & Results

You should notice an immediate improvement in your scarring, but the full results may take up to 1 to 2 years to mature. The recovery period for breast scar revision will vary depending on the exact procedure. Patients may experience initial swelling, bruising or discoloration that can last up to 2 weeks. It is also normal to feel some degree of discomfort for the days following your scar revision. Dr. Halls will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions and schedule your first follow-up appointment.

Following your breast scar revision, scars should appear less noticeable, and should blend much more naturally in both color and texture to the surrounding skin. Although surgical scars are permanent, with proper care, scars can fade to the point that they are hardly detectable, allowing you to enjoy the confidence of having smooth, beautiful, scar-free breasts.