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is it possible to have a plastic surgeon remove a large facial scar?

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Dr. Aaron Fay
Dr. Aaron Fay answered
Facial Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Yes in many cases: In most cases it is possible for a plastics surgeon to improve the appearance of a traumatic scar. Surgery, lasers, and creams can all be useful in correcting facial scars due to trauma. It is not always possible to repair the scar perfectly, but in most cases dramatic improvements can be made.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Plastic surgeons do remove scars, but the area needs to heal again. Scars are the product of healing. By carefuly removing the scar and repairing (sometimes rearranging) the resultant wound, often a better scar can be obtained. Scar revision includes everything from massage to surgery, with goal of optimizing healing and minimizing the appearance of the scar.
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Facial Scar Revision: -plastic surgeons commonly revise scars of the face. It is important to understand that scars are permanent, and although we may improve their appearance with an operation, laser treatment, or a peel, they will not disappear completely. -i definitely recommend meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to find out what may be done to help improve your scar. -best of luck! dr-cooper.Com.
Dr. Minas Constantinides
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Scars can be changed: Scars cannot be removed, only changed so that they look more imperceptible. This often involves reorienting the scar so that the eye cannot follow it as easily. Supplementary procedures such as dermabrasion or lasers can help refine the final result. See a competent plastic or facial plastic surgeon for a credible opinion. Good luck!

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Last updated May 1, 2019

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