Management of Surgical Scars

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2019 Nov;27(4):513-517. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2019.07.013.


An ideal scar is flat, thin, and color matched to the surrounding skin. Incision planning, skin closure, and postoperative care are vital to create an inconspicuous scar. Depressed, hypertrophic, and keloid scars each pose unique challenges to the facial plastic surgeon. Several surgical and nonsurgical options exist in the treatment of scars. Appropriate treatment is based on scar location, quality, and size as well as patient history, preferences, and expectations. This article discusses techniques for prevention and treatment options for unsightly and hypertrophic scars.

Keywords: Depressed scars; Hypertrophic scars; Incisions; Keloids; Microneedling; Scar revision; Scars; Wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Cicatrix / prevention & control
  • Cicatrix / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Surgical Wound / complications*
  • Surgical Wound / therapy
  • Wound Closure Techniques
  • Wound Healing*