I had a dog bite when I was a child. The scars are still visible.

Question:

I had a dog bite when I was a child. The scars are still visible.  What procedure do you use for scar revision? Can this be done in the office?

Answer:

It is difficult to answer the question about scar revision surgery without first seeing the patient. There are certain types of procedures that can be used to soften the scar which we refer to as laser abrasion or dermabrasion.  For more significant scars, it is important to actually surgically remove the scar first and repair it in a controlled fashion.  Typically the approach that we use on the face is what we refer to as a geometric broken line repair or a z-plasty.  This is a procedure that we have published on and it can be found in the literature.  Essentially the procedure is performed to take control of the scar and hide it in the area where the eye does not expect to see a line. Posted by Dr. Williams