Facial Plast Surg 2001; 17(4): 253-262
DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-18830
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Scar Revision Via Resurfacing

Dewayne T. Bradley, Stephen S. Park
  • Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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Publication Date:
05 December 2001 (online)


Numerous techniques exist to treat noticeable facial scars. Techniques range from surgical excision to resurfacing. In this review of dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, we address the clinical considerations, techniques, adjuncts, and peri-operative management of scar resurfacing. Dermabrasion offers the advantage of being a tried-and-true technique familiar to surgeons. Recent advances in laser technology have resulted in the increased use of pulsed-dye lasers (PDLs), erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) lasers, and CO2 lasers. PDLs are effective for hypertrophic scars and show lower rates of recurrence compared with erbium:YAG and CO2 lasers. In contrast, erbium:YAG and CO2 lasers are well suited to treating atrophic and acne scars. Chemical peels play a minor role in scar resurfacing and function primarily as an adjunct. Scar resurfacing is an integral part of scar camouflage and is often used in conjunction with excision and irregularization techniques.