Please assume a case were a human had a plastic surgery to revise a scar and the surgeon mistakenly removed a bit too much of external tissue (skin/sub-cutaneous-fat) so the scar has become much smaller but a "sink" or a "submergence" became somewhat evident.

What is the term for external tissue insufficiency after surgery?

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To be clear with Surgery Nomenclature, it does not matter how the injury was inflicted.

The term you are seeking is: "Depressed Cutaneous Scar". More information here(Pay-wall), and here.

(Colloquially known as 'icepick scars')

Depressed cutaneous scar treatment

A common surgical treatment option is known as a Subcision.

"...involves sliding a needle under the skin to release scar tissue, accompanied by saline injections to stimulate production of new collagen."

Other forms of treatment include:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser treatment
  • Laser-assisted drug delivery

More information here.

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