Can Scarring Be Treated?

TASA ID: 11869

Scars can be undesirable for several reasons.  Obviously, from a visual perspective, they can create a certain amount of self-consciousness, especially if they are in a very visible location, such as the face.  They may also have some physical symptoms, such as itchiness or pain which leads us to the question: “can plastic surgery remove scars?” The answer is “yes, but not entirely.”  Plastic surgery can reduce the size of a scar; however, it cannot totally remove it.  This is because the process of removing a scar cannot return the skin to its original state.  A scar, by definition, is permanent damage to the skin following an injury or surgery.  However, procedures are constantly improving, so the degree to which the scar can be made less noticeable are increasing year-to-year.  

Plastic surgeons have a range of surgical and non-surgical methods to reduce scarring.  These include:

  • Chemical Peels – If your scar is not too deep; that is to say only affecting the upper layers of the skin, then this may be a suitable procedure.  It works by causing the epidermis to peel off so, in effect, exfoliating the skin.  Then new skin will grow back, ideally leaving the scar less noticeable than it previously was.

  • Dermabrasion – Similar to chemical peels, filler injections, dermabrasion, and surgical scar revision.  The most appropriate treatment option will depend on the specific circumstances and condition of the scar.

  • Filler Injections/Soft Tissue Filler – This procedure is considered most appropriate for indented scars.  In other words, scars which do not stick out, but instead are indented into the skin.  Collagen or other suitable fillers are used to literally “fill the indentation,” subsequently raising it to the level of the rest of the skin, thus making it less noticeable. Steroids may be used for keloidal burn scars.  

  • Surgical Scar Revision – This is the process of surgically removing the scar and then rejoining the layers of skin.  It cannot totally remove the scar, but can decrease the length or width of a scar.

  • Laser Energy – Various types of lasers can provide treatment options both with subacute, as well as the chronic sequelae of burns.

  • Regenerative Medicine – Various types of lasers can provide treatment options both with subacute, as well as the chronic sequelae of burns.

The choice of treatment options will depend on the specific circumstances and condition of the scar.  

TASA Article Disclaimer

This article discusses issues of general interest and does not give any specific legal or business advice pertaining to any specific circumstances.  Before acting upon any of its information, you should obtain appropriate advice from a lawyer or other qualified professional.

This article may not be duplicated, altered, distributed, saved, incorporated into another document or website, or otherwise modified without the permission of TASA and the author (TASA ID: 11869). Contact marketing@tasanet.com for any questions.

Previous Article Airmanship in the Age of Automation
Next Article 5 Reasons Why Parkland Florida School Officials and Nikolas Cruz’s Family Are Liable
Tasa ID11869

Theme picker


  • Let Us Find Your Expert

  • Note: This form is to be completed by legal and insurance professionals ONLY. If you are a party in a case that requires an expert witness, please have your attorney contact TASA at 800-523-2319.

Search Experts

TASA provides a variety of quality, independent experts who meet your case criteria. Search our extensive list of experts now.

Search Experts