A 43-year-old member asked:
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after a chest tube has been removed do u always end up with a big round scar? mine is circular i wondered why it was stitched straight for me x

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Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Often a round shape: Chest tubes are round, and depending on the location/duration the tube was in place, a hypertrophic round scar may result even if a stitch or two was placed at the time of removal. Relatively simple matter to revise and convert to a more linear scar. Chest wall is moving often, making some stretch-relaxation of maturing scars a bit problematic.
Answered on Sep 21, 2016
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