Following an injury to the skin, your body heals by forming a scar. Especially when the scar is located on the face, it can create an undesirable cosmetic effect. In these cases, there are a number of treatments available that can dramatically improve the appearance of your scar, restoring your clear, healthy, and beautiful skin.

Types of Scars

All scars are not created equal. In fact, there is a wide range of scars that can affect the facial skin. Fortunately, leading facial plastic surgeon in Seattle Dr. James M. Ridgway, is highly skilled in reversing them all, including:

Keloid Scars

When the body produces an excessive amount of scar tissue in response to an injury, it forms a large, hard and bumpy growth called a keloid. These scars can significantly alter your appearance and tend to be larger than the original wound.

Acne Scars

Unfortunately, acne tends to leave lasting marks on the skin. These marks may appear as deep indentations, permanently discolored skin, and excessively large pores.

Contracture Scars

Contracture scars may form following a second or third-degree burn. This type of scar causes a tightening of the skin and prevents it from moving properly.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars also appear as red, raised scars, however they are not larger than the original wound.

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What Causes Scars to Heal Poorly?

Scarring is part of the body’s natural healing process, and it’s comprised of multiple steps. When any one of these steps is interrupted or altered, it can influence the quality of the scar. For example, here are just a few of the circumstances that are known to result in poor scar healing:

  • Wound infection
  • Tension on the wound during healing
  • Wide tissue injury
  • Re-injury
  • Sun exposure
  • Family history of poor scarring
  • Any combination of the above

What Scar Treatments Are Available?

Every scar is unique and requires careful consideration from a surgeon who is highly skilled in the art and science of among the best scar treatments Bellevue has to offer. With that said, below are a few of the most common procedures Dr. Ridgway uses to remove his patients’ scars and restore their smooth, clear, and healthy skin:

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful treatment that can be used on virtually any scar. It works by removing your damaged skin one layer at a time, ultimately eliminating the scar and revealing your smooth and clear complexion underneath.


A gentle but effective treatment, dermabrasion involves using a special tool with rough edges to remove the damaged outer layers of your skin. The process creates tiny wounds that your body heals by producing new collagen, causing new, undamaged skin to grow and dramatically improving the appearance of the scar.


Subcision is the ideal scar treatment for patients with deep, rolling acne scars. To perform the procedure, Dr. Ridgway will insert a sharp blade into the skin, breaking up the scar tissue to restore a smooth facial appearance.

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Schedule a Consultation

If unsightly scars are affecting your appearance and harming your confidence, we encourage you to schedule a consultation for among the best scar treatment Seattle has to offer with Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private meeting, he will carefully evaluate the marks that concern you most before composing a custom treatment plan designed to restore your smooth and blemish-free complexion.

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Schedule A Consultation

If you are ready to refresh and rejuvenate your look today, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of the best plastic surgeons Seattle has to offer: Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private consultation Dr. Ridgway will carefully evaluate your face and the subtle imperfections that concern you most before providing you with a personalized blend of Bellevue cosmetic surgery procedures that will help you achieve your ideal facial appearance.

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