Is my scar going to be permanent? Is there anything that can be done?

I got in a bad accident 6 weeks ago. How do I know if the road rash is tattooed? If it is can anything be done?

Answers from doctors (3)


All scars are permanent; however, they do evolve over time. Immature scars are generally more noticeable than mature scars (thicker, raised, pigmented). With time, much of this will improve.

With regards to your specific question, a traumatic tattoo can be treated with laser therapy and dermabrasion. However, it may take upwards of 1 year for all of your symptoms to resolve.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

All scars are permanent; however, they do evolve over time. Immature scars are generally more noticeable than mature scars (thicker, raised, pigmented). With time, much of this will improve.

With regards to your specific question, a traumatic tattoo can be treated with laser therapy and dermabrasion. However, it may take upwards of 1 year for all of your symptoms to resolve.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Mar 31, 2016

I would recommend using ScaRx Tape. If you have tattooing at this time, it may be permanent.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

I would recommend using ScaRx Tape. If you have tattooing at this time, it may be permanent.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Ralph M. Rosato, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Published on Mar 30, 2016

Scars are permanent. However, they get less obvious with time. The road rash tattoo should have been cleaned out at the time of the injury. I would seek a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if it can be corrected now.

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Answered by Ralph M. Rosato, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Scars are permanent. However, they get less obvious with time. The road rash tattoo should have been cleaned out at the time of the injury. I would seek a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if it can be corrected now.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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