While the very mention of the word “scar” seems to imply permanence, there are a number of ways to minimize fibrous tissue deemed to be unattractive. Depending on the patient’s age and the severity and type of scar, the dermatologist may recommend any number of dermatological procedures to minimize scars. These include “dermabrasion,” which involves removal of the top layers of skin with a device that abrades the skin. Used to minimize small scars, minor skin surface irregularities, surgical scars, and acne scars, dermabrasion leaves healed skin looking smoother and fresher.
Other available options include chemical peels, collagen injections, and laser resurfacing. In addition, there is scar-revision surgery, which involves removing the entire scar and rejoining the skin. Punch grafts, which are sometimes used to treat deep acne scars, involve punching a hole in the skin to remove the scar and replacing it with unscarred skin (often from the back of the earlobe).