Update in scar revision

J. Regan Thomas, Stephen Prendiville*

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Scar revision is indicated in certain situations for cosmetic and functional reasons. Improvement is not feasible with all scars; expectations must be tempered and realistic goals set. There is no generic approach to timing or technique in scar revision. Certain scars will benefit from revision at 6 to 12 months after the inciting traumatic event; others from much earlier intervention. Most scars will show degrees of improvement for up to 1 year. Many scars, however, may benefit from earlier treatment, including dermabrasion. The decision to revise a scar must be reached by patient and surgeon, with realistic expectations and the end-point clearly established. The simplest and most direct approach should then be taken to reach this goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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