Improving Dog Bite Scar on Face of a Two Year Old?

My 2-year-old daughter was bitten by a dog 4 months ago. He punctured a tiny hole in the valley between her nose and cheek. Based on size, location and infection prevention, the doctors didn't stitch. I polysporined it and it healed quickly. But she was left with a hypertrophic scar in that spot.

Initially, it was raised, thick and red. I've applied Kelo-cote for 3 months, the color has improved greatly, and the skin is somewhat softer. But it's not completely gone - it's like a tiny "bubble" - particularly when she winces it pops out. What can I expect scar-wise for her? Will it flatten and smooth out?

Kayla, Brooklyn

Doctor Answers 3

Dog bite scar

A dog bite scar may be able to be revised at a later date. It is still early, and  I would give it at least a year to mature before deciding on what if anything can be done for the scar.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Improving thick dog bite scars

Dog bite scars on the face can be improved with a combination of pulsed dye laser, fractional laser, and percutaneous scar release (PSR).

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Dog bite scar

If the skin was lacerated full thickness by the dog bite, then the scar will not go away,a lthough hopefully, it may fade. You will need to wait a year for healing to be completed before making an assessment. I do not recommend scar revision for a child of this age. It would require general anesthesia and revision can be undertaken when your daughter is older and better able to understand the circumstances.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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