Any injury to the skin, whether due to trauma or surgery, will leave a scar. The ideal scar is thin, soft, not depressed or raised compared to the surrounding skin, and in an orientation that makes the scar as inconspicuous and free from functional limitation as possible.
Depending on the type of injury, the resulting scar may not be ideal. Scars progress through a period of healing for up to one year. Even with the best scar care and sunscreen protection, some patients desire a revision and improvement of the original scar.
Each patient needs to have a full evaluation to determine if scar revision is appropriate and whether a worthwhile improvement can be expected.