I have a scar high up on my cheekbone. I really would like it repaired/refined/removed.

Question:

I have a scar high up on my cheekbone. I really would like it repaired/refined/removed. Do different skin types require different types of scar removal surgery? I am African-American.

Answer:

Answer:
The approach we use for scar revision is really no different for someone with skin of color such as African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern. When a scar is wide the first thing that is done is to remove the scar surgically. The repair is performed through a variety of different type techniques. In our practice and publications, we discussed typically perform either a z-plasty type repair, a local flap type repair or a geometric broken line repair. All of these surgical maneuvers and techniques are really designed just to confuse the eye so that a line falls in an area where the eye expects to see a line or a shadow. In many patients we recommend a scar resurfacing procedure at four-six weeks using laser abrasion or dermabrasion.

Posted by Dr. Williams