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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jan;7(1):3-13. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.129959.

Surgical scar revision: an overview.

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Department of Dermatology, Army College of Medical Sciences, Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India.
Department of Plastic Surgery, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.


Scar formation is an inevitable consequence of wound healing from either a traumatic or a surgical intervention. The aesthetic appearance of a scar is the most important criteria to judge the surgical outcome. An understanding of the anatomy and wound healing along with experience, meticulous planning and technique can reduce complications and improve the surgical outcome. Scar revision does not erase a scar but helps to make it less noticeable and more acceptable. Both surgical and non-surgical techniques, used either alone or in combination can be used for revising a scar. In planning a scar revision surgeon should decide on when to act and the type of technique to use for scar revision to get an aesthetically pleasing outcome. This review article provides overview of methods applied for facial scar revision. This predominantly covers surgical methods.


Scar revision; W-plasty; Z-plasty; surgical scar revision

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