Can My Abdominal Scar Be Completely Removed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have an abdominal scar directly down the middle of my stomach which measures about 15 inches along with train tracks. I had exploratory surgery done decades ago. I would like to have it removed. It’s not that its ugly but I am tired of looking at it and I want it removed. It makes me insecure and I don’t think that Icould ever be in a relationship with this scar. Please help.

A: There are two concepts about your abdominal scar that important to understand. First, the idea of scar removal is not possible. No scar can be completely eradicated from visibility. Scars can be reduced and made less noticeable but completely normal skin contour and color can never be achieved. There are limitations as to what scar revision can do. Second, the width of the train track portion of the scar is important as this will determine how much of the scar can be excised in a single scar revision procedure. If the train tracks are too wide, a staged scar revision procedure may be needed. A picture of your scar will suffice to answer this question.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana