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Can facial abrasion scars be surgically treated and redone to produce a more positive healing outcome?

Q:

Our 16 year old daughter was involved in an ATV accident on 7/3/2011 whereby she received several facial abrasions from landing on the road.  Her wounds have healed.  However, the new skin healed over the dirt, tar, etc. which apparently was never cleaned out properly in the emergency room.  She in the meanwhile has been covering these 'tattoos' with makeup.  Can these facial abrasion scars be surgically treated to produce a positive healing effect and outcome?  Where would I find a surgeon to undertake this surgery?

A:

It is possible to improve on some scars and the traumatic tattoos.

CONSULT A BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON (AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY).

A:

Sorry to hear about your daughter's accident.  Yes, traumatic tattoos can be removed by several methods.  Foreign bodies can be removed at anytime.  You should however consider allowing  the child's scar a chance to mature for 6 months to a year before considering scar revision.  For more information on this topic consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS at http://www.surgery.org/.

Best,

 

 

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Traumatic tattoos can be treated several ways.  The only way to know what is possible is by examination.  Consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience in this type of procedure.

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