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Small linear scar on face, dark skinned patient - Excision?

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Small linear scar on face, dark skinned patient - Excision?

Postby Texan90 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:17 am

Hi all,

I have a small (less than 1 cm I think) linear scar on my cheek. It's not thick at all, very thin. It blends in when I stretch the surrounding skin but does not when left alone. The surrounding skin tethers inward toward it creating a slight depression.

Is it possible to excise and stitch up this scar without recurrence? I've seen pictures of a scar revision w/ conjunction of Botox. The revision looked great and had no perceivable scar.


I am an Indian male with brown skin. Early 20s. Since this hypertrophic is so very small, couldn't a simple exision take care of it?


That's not me in the pic but my scar is similar in size (the person in the pic had her injury stitched and the scar resulted afterwards). It's shorter though. Perhaps not as thick.

I should also add that my scar was not stitched up. I accidently took the scab off and then it scarred.
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Postby drharris » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:32 pm

I cannot make a credible recommendation without actually visualizing your scar. Excisions shouldn't be taken lightly in patients with skin of color . . .given the increased incidence of hyperpigmentation and hypertrophy. If the scar is thin, small and not very noticeable . . .I'd probably leave it alone.

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