How to Remove Scalp Scars

by Nicki Howell ; Updated July 18, 2017

Scars in the scalp area develop from a variety of injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, burns and surgery, according to MedlinePlus. The scarred skin may appear thicker, be reddish in color and have a shiny appearance. The appearance of scalp scars typically improves over time. If your scarring is stressful or embarrassing, however, there are treatment options to minimize them. Your dermatologist can assist with choosing the right option for your scar.

Undergo surgical scar revision. This procedure improves the appearance of scalp scars by changing the size, color or depth of the scar, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Tell your dermatologist what bothers you most about the scar so he can focus on repairing the most troublesome areas.

Apply pressure bandages to the area. Scalp scars with a raised appearance may benefit from pressure bandages. Use the bandage as directed by your dermatologist. After several months, the scar’s appearance is usually improved.

Freeze scar tissue. Cryosurgery, which is performed by your dermatologist, freezes scar tissue on the scalp. After the procedure, the appearance of scars is usually better. Follow your dermatologist’s after-care instructions to ensure proper healing.

Use cortisone tape on scalp scars. Cortisone, which is a type of steroid, causes scars to shrink and get flatter, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This treatment is best for scalp scars with a raised appearance. Cortisone tape is available through your dermatologist.

Resurface the affected area with dermabrasion treatments. A dermatologist uses a tool to remove the top layers of skin. New skin will re-grow, minimizing the appearance of scalp scars. Expect recovery time to last about a week, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.


  • While scalp scars are healing, use cosmetics to cover up scars, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Makeup can usually improve the appearance of scalp scars until the skin has completely healed.

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Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.