Can My Facial Scar Be Made To Disappear?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have got a knife scar on my face since I was 5 years old. It is about one and half inch long, is not very deep by any means. I can really see it from 3 feet away. However, it still bothers me sometimes. Is there a way to make it disappear? Thanks a lot.
A: Scar ‘disappearing’ is not likely in any scar. Its further reduction in appearance may be possible, but there is no such thing as scar elimination. The involved skin can never be made completely normal. Scars can be made more narrow, more smooth and have a more normal color, but they can never be completely eliminated or made to completely disappear. Whether any of these techniques or changes will be beneficial to your scar,  I would have to see pictures of the scar to provide a more specific scar revision recommendation.
Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana