Submit your question below about any cosmetic procedure to be considered for posting with an answer from one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

If your question is about the cost of a procedure, click here. For referral to a qualified surgeon in your area, see find a surgeon.

Note: ASAPS cannot give advice about specific medical problems nor should answers provided by responding surgeons be substituted for a complete medical history, work-up and an in-personal medical/surgical consultation. Sorry we can't answer all questions. We try to select questions that have the widest general interest.

Can burn scars be removed?


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.



 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


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

Related Questions

Copyright © 2009-2012 ASAPS. All Rights Reserved.