Facial plast Surg 2019; 35(06): 666-671
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3401642
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Management of Facial Scars

1  Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
Sangati Kadakia
2  School of Medicine, Saint George's University, Saint George, Grenada
Jerry Barker
3  Radiation Oncology, Texas Oncology, Fort Worth, Texas
Moustafa Mourad
4  Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, New York
Masoud Saman
5  Saman ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, Plano, Texas
Yadranko Ducic
6  Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Fort Worth, Texas
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Publication Date:
29 November 2019 (online)


Scarring is a natural process of healing after damage to the skin that extends to the reticular dermis. While some scars may be socially acceptable, even admirable, scars of the face can be viewed as disfiguring or ugly. Minimizing the appearance of facial scars and optimizing their cosmetic outcome ideally begin before surgery or, in the cause of trauma, at the initial reconstruction. Even when there has been poor initial healing, a scar's appearance can be improved. Herein, we review conservative, medical, and surgical therapies to improve the appearance of facial scars.