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Can burn scars be removed?

Q:

Hi I'm a 25 year old woman. When I was 8 years old, hot boiling water fell over me leaving scars on my chest. Its like white smooth patches starting from my throat and down almost 5 inches. It's 6 to 7 inches wide. I feel really embarrassed and always try to hide it. I want to know the best possible procedure or plastic surgery or any type of effective method to get rid of it. I am looking forward to your answers.

 

A:

 Scars can be improved but not removed. Burn scars can be the most difficult to correct/ treat. May I suggest you seek out a Member of the ASAPS in your area for an evaluation. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Sorry to hear about your burn.  The type of injury that you have was a deep burn.  Boiling water is most likely a deep second degree.  Your burn location is the worse possible area for improvement.  The neck and chest area doesn't respond well to scar revision.  The fact that it is a flat smooth patch is fantastic.  You can not cut this area out but treat the texture with pigment or even some sort of natural tattoo.  I feel sitting down with a seasoned ASAPS member will be helpful, maybe even two or three.  Good Luck

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