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December 1957

New Treatment for Pitted Scars: Preliminary Report

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (Chester N. Frazier, Chief of Service), and the Department of Medicine, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, (George W. Thorn, Physician in Chief). Dr. Spangler, Assistant in Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Associate in Dermatology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(6):708-711. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550240026005

For many years dermatologists and surgeons have been experimenting with a variety of methods and techniques for treating deep-pitted scars which would produce results acceptable to the patient and satisfactory to the operator. None thus far developed has given the desired lasting and perfect result sought after.

At the present time two methods are widely in use for smoothing over the area of the superficial type of scar, sandpapering and use of wire brushes. Both give fairly satisfactory results in most cases, but are only part of the answer to the whole problem of scar treatment. The discovery of a satisfactory method for treating deeply depressed scars still presents a challenge.

Recently, a method has been developed and used with a considerable degree of success over a period of two years in the treatment of 23 patients with deeply depressed scar areas. Stated briefly, the fibrous