What's the most effective way to remove depressed scar without surgery? (Photo)

Hello, a little more than a year ago I had a mole removed from my forehead. As it healed the skin depressed and is now a crater like scar. It is very visible even from a distance. Is there any way I can reduce the scars visibility without some kind of surgery?

Doctor Answers 4

Scar Removal

When there is a depressed scar on the face, the best way to remove it would be to inject filler in that area. For the forehead, Restylane is the best filler option. However, having a consultation with a provider to discuss the different options is recommended.  

Orlando Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Improving depressed scars

You have a few non-surgical options for depressed scars, although anti-depressants are not one of them ;)  Subcision can be used, as can micro needling with a dermaroller or ablative laser resurfacing such as Profractional laser. Fillers can also be helpful. In many cases, combination therapy is your best option, so best to chat with a dermatologist that you have a great relationship with.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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What's the most effective way to remove depressed scar without surgery?

Try fillers with PRP infusion therapy.. Otherwise only some minor skin surgery is effective also.....

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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What's the most effective way to remove depressed scar without surgery?

There are a few non-surgical options to improve the depressed appearance of the scar.  These include a series of laser treatments, subcision, and/or injection of filler agents.  The nonsurgical options may be temporary, especially the filler, which may need to be performed a few times per year.  A permanent solution would be to remove the circular, depressed scar and make a new thin, linear scar that will likely be less perceptible.  That small procedure could be performed under local anesthesia with numbing only.  I like to offer my patients complimentary scar care after surgery that once healing is complete and the scar matures, helps to make them fairly imperceptible in many cases. I would suggest scheduling a consultation with a board certified/eligible plastic surgeon with experience treating scars. Good luck!

Megan Jack, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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