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I have a thin scar under my lip that I would like to remove.

Question:

I have a thin scar under my lip that I would like to remove. I am a 42 year-old African American woman and I read that women with darker skin have lower success rates with skin resurfacing, is that true?

Answer:

In my experience, scar revision can be very successful if the scar is widened, depressed, or elevated, even in darker skinned individuals. I would not recommend skin resurfacing as a primary treatment for scars such as this, however, but possibly excising unwanted scar tissue and performing a scar revision surgically to minimize the visibility. If your scar is minimal but you want some improvement, I would recommend conservative dermabrasion treatment.

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