Review PaperEvaluating Current Scar Assessment MethodsLipman, Kelsey BS*; Wang, Maxwell BA*; Berthiaume, Emily MS*; Holloway, Janell BA*; Da Lio, Andrew MD†; Ting, Kang DMD, D.Med.Sc.‡; Soo, Chia MD†,§; Zheng, Zhong PhD‡Author Information From the *David Geffen School of Medicine Divisions of †Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ‡Growth and Development and Section of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry §Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Received December 13, 2018, and accepted for publication, after revision May 30, 2019. Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared. Reprints: Zhong Zheng, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 675 Charles E. Young Drive South, MRL 2641 Los Angeles, CA 90095. E-mail: email@example.com. Online date: October 1, 2019 Annals of Plastic Surgery: February 2020 - Volume 84 - Issue 2 - p 222-231 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002029 Buy Metrics Abstract Current scar surveys have included many questions to evaluate the physical characteristics of scars, with some expanding to include physical implications and patient opinions. This review provides an analysis of frequently used scar assessment methods to date and highlights potential areas for improvement. We build the case that a new assessment tool is necessary, specifically one that centers on psychosocial consequences of scars that influence patient decision making for treatment, allowing physicians to individualize treatment conversations with patients. We postulate that survey techniques used in consumer product marketing, such as choice-based conjoint analysis, may be effective in determining the factors strongly influencing patient decision making and spending in scar treatment; therefore, more research in this area is warranted. By incorporating these psychosocial and economic considerations driving scar treatment decisions, future scar assessment tools may accomplish much more than characterizing/documenting the clinical aspects of scars. Rather, these patient-centered, holistic tools may be implemented by plastic surgeons and other clinicians specifically to provide patients with personalized treatment options that maximize long-term patient satisfaction. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.