A scar on the face is so much different than one anywhere else on the body. The stigma associated with a facial scar – from the experience of having someone look at your scar and not in your eyes – can be considerable.
In treating facial scars, managing your expectations of what's possible is so important. Some people think you can use a laser and erase a scar. We can’t. No one can. But we can significantly alter how a scar fits on your face, making it narrower, hiding it in skin lines, or doing other techniques to make it less noticeable and more natural.
I spend a lot of time at the outset of scar-revision cases talking to patients about reasonable goals and expectations, because what we can’t do is often as important for you to be aware of as what we can do.
As a patient, it’s critical that you know that while we can’t get rid of a scar, we can markedly improve it. And the result – whether through surgery, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, application of gels, or a combination of these treatments, depending on your specific case – can be life-changing.
Your self-esteem and peace of mind are central to a positive outcome, and together we can produce results you’ll appreciate for many years to come.