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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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