Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Scars are a natural part of dermal healing following lacerations, incisions, or tissue loss. They can vary in quality depending on the individual's racial characteristics, the mechanism of the trauma, and conditions in which the wound healed—all of which are factors beyond the surgeon's control. A scar on the face can have significant implications for the patient. What may seem like an insignificant issue to the casual observer can cause continuous frustration for the patient, affecting their daily lives. These can include psychological as well as social consequences, leading to a diminished quality of life. Factors that the surgeon can control include the favorable repositioning of the scar, proper alignment of the wound edges, and meticulous handling of the tissues.
Thomas JR, Somenek M. Scar Revision Review. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012;14(3):162-174. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2012.223