Facial plast Surg 2001; 17(4): 273-278
DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-18822
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Avoiding Pitfalls and Unfavorable Outcomes in Scar Revision

John M. Schweinfurth, Fred Fedok
  • Department of Otolaryngology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, Hershey, PA
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Publication Date:
05 December 2001 (online)


The goal of scar revision is to improve upon appearance and function. In addition, techniques used to rectify scars may recruit local ``normal'' tissue. Approriate scar management begins at the time of injury. Initial treatment, patient selection, timing of repair, and technique selection are critical steps in the decision-making process. Weakness in any one step can lead to a worsened scar appearance. Some common difficult management issues in scar revision are outlined with the aid of select cases.