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Scars are left behind on the skin after a wound heals. The wound may be something as small as a pimple or due to a surgical procedure. There are various types of scar formations, one of them being atrophic scars indented in the skin or tissue. At Maia Plastic Surgery, we offer treatments and scar revision for atrophic scar removal at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

When the skin and tissue heal from an infection, burn or laceration, new tissue and skin should form to replace the damaged cells. In atrophic scars, the healing doesn’t fill in all the missing tissue, leaving an indentation. This is common in acne scarring and chickenpox, which leave ice pick or pockmark scars. It can also occur in more extensive scars like those left behind from Mohs surgery for skin cancer removal and injuries like burns.

Skin Treatments for Indented Scarring

Atrophic scar removal treatments depend on the extent of the lost tissue. For small ice pick scars from acne or other skin conditions, laser resurfacing or dermabrasion treatments may help restore a smooth texture to the skin. These are minimally invasive and do not require extensive downtime or recovery after the procedure – the skin may be red or peeling, but it will heal quickly after the procedure.

For more extensive atrophic scars like those left behind after deep burns or Mohs surgery, scar revision surgery or reconstruction may be required. This can include skin or tissue grafting to replace damaged tissue to restore the continuity of the skin and tissue in the area.

If you have indented scarring and want to explore treatment options, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery. We offer advanced methods for atrophic scar removal at our clinic in the Washington, DC, metro area. Call today to schedule your scar revision or removal consultation.

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J. B.

Dr. Maia and her staff are incredibly professional and truly empathetic. They’ve done a beautiful job with the treatments that I’ve gotten and I look forward to coming to the office every single time.

Karli N.

Dr. Maia deserves more than 5-stars! I’m thrilled with my results and I’m less than 3 months post surgery. Dr. Maia is confident and kind, and not at all pushy like other plastic surgeons. I was overly impressed the morning of the procedure. The surgical and hospital staff know her well! They were ready for her and put me at ease while I was getting settled in the OR. I appreciate the team in Dr. Maia’s office for their patience and care. They are just as calm as Dr. Maia.

David R.

Dr. Maia, Alana, and Kristina are talented, knowledgeable, and attentive. Great results, great support, and very responsive to any questions. Would recommend to anyone looking to improve their quality of life!

Erez D.

Dr Maia is the consummate plastic surgeon. From her compassion to exceptional surgical skill and results, there is no better. Would give 10 stars if I could.

Deise G.

I had a great experience with doctor Maia. Beyond my expectations.

Nate R.

Mid 40s male who’s always had nasal breathing issues and a dorsal bump. I finally decided to do something about it with a septoplasty/rhinoplasty combo. I met with a few doctors but Dr. Maia stood out. She instilled confidence, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The surgery was straight forward, and the swelling was surprisingly light. A week later the cast was off and I was on the short road to recovery. Honestly, if I had known it was this easy I would have done it earlier. Thanks Dr. Maia!


I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

R. H.

I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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