I had two shave biopsies done for potential skin cancer (both turned out benign). Both were done on the cheek area; the less visible one is healing flat and even but the one done right in the middle of my cheek was shaved too deep and now it is a huge indent with the surrounding areas slightly raised. I have looked into subcision and scalpel excision. Basically, I want a procedure done that will result in a FLAT barely noticeable scar. What are my options here? Recovery time? Thank you! :)
Indented Shave Biopsy Scar on Cheek @ 4 Months, Treatment Options? (photo)
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Shave biopsy depression
Nonablative resurfacing for indented scar
I'm sorry to hear about the indented scar. I think it would be worth trying a series of nonablative fractional laser treatments (1540 or Fraxel) spaced 4 weeks apart (4-5 treatments total). This will help build collagen within the depressed area and also improve the color changes associated with the scar. The last resort would be excision and re-approximation of the edges that would, of course, result in another scar that would hopefully look better over time. Subcision is not effective for this type of shave scar. Subcision is useful for acne scarring where there are adhesive bands tethering the skin to the underlying tissue.