Surgical and Noninvasive Modalities for Scar Revision

Rachel E. Ward, Lindsay R. Sklar, Daniel B Eisen

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Scar revision is of premier importance to the dermatologic surgeon. Some of the least invasive modalities include use of silicone gel sheets, resurfacing with electrosurgical instruments, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and subcision. Laser technology also has been implemented to selectively target and ablate fibrous scar tissue via selective thermolysis. Other lasers have been used to target dyschromia associated with scar formation. Lastly, invasive modalities of scar revision include excisional modalities and/or rearrangement of skin to enhance cosmesis of unsightly or morbid scars. Herein is a discussion of the multiple modalities of scar revision as well as advantages and disadvantages of each.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser
  • Noninvasive
  • Scar revision
  • Silicone gel sheeting
  • Subcision
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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