This section of the forum is dedicated to discussions addressing linear scars, depressed scars, keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, and other facial reconstructive topics. (Of note, Dr. Lam no longer accepts medical insurance so he rarely manages cancer reconstruction or trauma anymore.)
Hi I'm glad I found your website you have great information here. I want to know if this scar can be improved? I've had this scar since i was three years old I'm 38 now. I got it by hitting my face on the refrigerator handle. I don't know if you can tell by the picture but it has stitch marks and it's brown in scar and it's on my left cheek close to the bone. If it can be improved what procedure would you recommend to do? Thanks
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this is a tricky one because it is very wide especially if you incorporate the suture marks. what i would try to do is to save some of the suture marks and interdigitate them into the wound (not all of the limbs but as many as i can) to save you a wider incision. it would be almost a geometric broken line repair technique, slightly modified to accommodate the limbs that you have. best, s.
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery