Revision of Disfiguring Surgical Scars of the Back

  • Matthew J. Mahlberg
  • Julie K. Karen
  • Vicki J. Levine


Surgical procedures are performed on the back for a variety of reasons and universally result in some degree of scar formation. Optimally, these scars would result in a barely-perceptible, fine line that blends naturally with the color and texture of adjacent skin. Unfortunately, an optimal scar is rarely the end result, and a patient can be left with a scar that is deemed disfiguring. A disfiguring scar is one which has an appearance outside the accepted norm and which is deemed unsatisfactory by the patient and/or physician.


Hypertrophic Scar Surgical Scar Silicone Sheeting Intralesional Corticosteroid Atrophic Scar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Mahlberg
    • 1
  • Julie K. Karen
    • 1
  • Vicki J. Levine
    • 1
  1. 1.Ronald O. Perelman Department of DermatologyNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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