Most Effective Way to Reduce Facial Scar?

What is the most effective method to permanently reduce the appearance of a facial scar?

Doctor Answers 3

Scar Revision

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Scar revision is the best technique if the scar is wide or raised. Sometimes treating the scar with a pulse dye laser will help soften it. Hope this helps answer your question.

Dr. Nassif

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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"Permanent" scar reduction

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What is "permanent" is the scar.  Any attempt to reduce its visibility would be considered revisions.  These can be done surgically by a plastic surgeon if it is deemed necesary. Otherwise, creams, massage, sun avoidance, and sometimes lasers can minimize the appearance of a facial scar. 

Facial scar reduction

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There are many variables that need to be considered when trying to decide what treatment is best to reduce a scar. Can you describe it in more detail or provide a picture. Color, texture, indentations, thickness or bulging, deformities of surrounding tissues, source of the scar, how old the scar is, direction of the scar, the appearance of the scar at rest and with smiling, etc. All of these must be considered before attempting to suggest the best treatment.

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

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