At Halloween people will often use plastic or painted scars as part of their costumes. The scars are scary. They represent injury, or damage and other than at Halloween, nobody wants to have one.

Scars can also remind us of bad experiences. A traumatic event, an emergency, a time of despair.

At this time in history, is impossible to completely eliminate an existing scar. However, we have many ways to minimize their appearance.

The first thing I do is try to determine what aspects of the scar are problematic. These can include the length, shape, color, location, width, height (is it raised or sunken in), vascularity (are there blood vessels within it), and skin texture of the area. Scarred skin can be different from the surrounding skin in each of these ways. For example, a scar may be dark, wide, raised, and smooth. Or, it can be light, narrow, shiny, and sunken in.

Then, we look at how to fix it. A wide scar can be made narrower. A dark scar can be lightened. A hollow scar can be lifted.

Sometimes, we need to address multiple aspects of the scar. A scar can be dark and wide. So, we need to narrow and lighten. This may mean more than one visit, and more than one treatment type.

Making a scar look the best it can may require a few trips to see us, but it can be done! You can assure your patients they can have absolute optimism in our ability to make things look better.

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

With special expertise in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, and a particular skill for revision surgery, it’s clear why Dr. Spiegel is one of the most celebrated facial plastic surgeons in the world. If you are seeking the best possible results, or have a uniquely challenging problem, you’ve found the right doctor.

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Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir L. Spiegel

Dr. Onir (pronounced “oh-near”) has years of experience in facial aesthetics and treats some of the most recognizable and famous faces. Dr. Onir started her career in oral health, earning doctorate degrees from both New York University and Boston University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her cutting-edge medical research as well as her technical skills in dentistry.

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Dr. Jacob Tower

Dr. Jacob Tower

A board-certified specialist in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jacob Tower brings a thoughtful approach and an artistic eye to New England’s premier plastic surgery practice, The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being an in-demand surgeon, Dr. Tower is an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, a sought-after lecturer, and an expert in facial plastic surgery.

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