Can Burn Scars Be Removed?

I have burn scars (fairly large) on my left breast from a two moths old burn. It is still quite painful. I would like to know whether the scars can be removed by plastic or cosmetic surgery? It looks really bad and has turned black in colour, with uneven surface. Any advice would be helpful and much appreciated. Thank you

Doctor Answers 4

Breast scar revision and Melarase cream

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At this early point, I would focus on minimizing post inflammatory hyperpigmentation of the scars.  Once healed, the scars can be treated with pulsed dye laser, fractional co2 laser, or surgery. I would begin with Melarase topical creams sooner than later. 

Burn Treament at Two Months Postop

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    Burn treatment at two months can be treated conservatively to help with scar pliability and color.   The scar over time as it matures will allow for better tissue mobilization to allow for removal of a portion of that scar.  The scar can likely be substantially improved.

Burn scars

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Burn scars can not be removed but they can be improved considerably. With tissue expansion these scars can be camouflaged 

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

Scar management and treatment

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 No, unfortunately scars cannot be removed but, they can often be improved. Consider a consult with a member of the ASAPS in your local area on post operative/ post injury scar management and treatment. They are experts in this field.  Best,


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

Gary R. Culbertson, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon

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