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Forehead Scar Healing
Should I have a doctor look at my scar? I hit my head about 4 months ago and had to get 20 stitches above my eyebrow. It was healing well, and then yesterday I was playing basketball and the ball tapped my scar. I didn't think anything of it. But now the
The bump on your head caused subcutaneous bleeding. The blood
from the bruise dissected along tissue planes until it got to the scar
and stopped. Your body will reabsorb the blood over the next few weeks.
There is no reason for concern and no need to see the doctor as long
as the head injury was minor with no loss of consciousness or subsequent
impairment other than a bruise. ...Read more
They will improve: Scars are permanent but almost all fade with time. This process takes longer in babies than in adults because their healing processes are more robust. Protect the scars from sunlight while there is any pink left in them; they will burn easily and, if tanned, may be tanned permanently. I would not expect the scar to assume its final form until the age of 4-5. Do not rush into scar revision. ...Read more
Give it 2 years: Wounds increase in collagen for 6 weeks following injury and thereafter enter into into the maturation phase when wounds subside and generally decrease in appearance. Topical silicone sheeting and avoidance of sun exposure may help to expedite the phase and improve scar appearance. While 90% of this process is completed by 3 months, with a good estimate of the final appearance, it may take 2 years. ...Read more
Old scar/spot in middle of forehead. Any suggestions on what to do to lighten or even try to make it go away?
What is the best type of laser or any other procedure for a deep scar on the forehead due to a previous form of injury?
Still experimetal: Use Google to look up the phrase" "laser treatment of hypertrophic scars keloids striae", the type of scars more amenable to some cosmetic improvement with LASER (an acronym for controlled monofrequency light applied to heat tissue). Since the response is a function of light absorption, the color/distribution of pigments within the scar will powerfully affect the response to applied LASER light. ...Read more
What exactly happens if I expose a scar to sun? I hit my forehead 2 weeks ago and got a scar, but I love sunbathing. How long do I wait?
I bumped my forehead on a sink a week ago and it's a bit pinkish and there's a hard bump on it. Will there be a scar from it/when will the bump goaway?
It depends: It is very unusual for a scar to be painful. If the area of pain is in the forehead, it is possible that you fractured the bone over the frontal sinus and you are having some frontal sinusitis. If you indeed did have a fracture, you should be seen by an otolaryngologist or ENT specialist to make sure your frontal sinus is ok and is not forming a mucocele. ...Read more
New injuries Aside: Pain in a scar can be caused by the healing tissues compressing or tugging on the surrounding nerves. An overgrowth of an injured nerve (a neuroma) can cause well localized pain. It would be unlikely, but infection or tumor growth in an old scar can occur too. Persistent pain is worth seeing you physician about. ...Read more
Scar massage: Scar massage and desensitization therapy may help. However if your are experiencing keloid scarring, steroids may be beneficial to ease pain. If this is a neuroma, it may require excision. If this is due to a foreign body such as a windshield injury, the glass may need to be removed. See a doctor to help, you determine what is the best option. ...Read more
Depends: If the scratch was superficial, there may not be a scar. Slightly deeper scratch may have temporary change in appearance at the site. If it was a deep gouge and especially if it get infected, there may be a long lasting scar. Apply Neosporin ointment to the scratch. You can get it over the counter at a drug store. ...Read more
Sorry no cure: There is no cure for scar. There are things you can do to improve the appearance of the scar. After the stitches have been removed and any butterfly band aids have come off you can moisturizer the scar, massage the scar, protect from the sun fora full year. Topical silicone is also helpful. Remember it takesa year for a scar to mature if after a year it is still objectionable consult a plastic sur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When I was young I fell and hit my forehead so I have a deep scar that seems like a cut in the skin so what should I do?
Scar revision: Depending on the orientation of the scar, the depth and the color, scar revision is definite option. This can range from something as simple as co2 laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, to an excision of the existing scar with resuturing it in a better configuration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excision of old scar: A scar revision involves an excision of the old scar, and reapproximation to try and achieve an improved cosmetic or functional result. Scar tension may also be redirected in the case of contracture or tethering, with different surgical techniques (e.g. Z-plasty) to help revise a scar on the forehead or other areas of the face and body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keloid?: Some people have a genetic predisposition to large, raised scars called keloids. There is not really any great solution for them. Some doctors try injecting them with steroids or using a laser or scalpel to remove them (and hope it doesn't come back). Moisturizing lotions, oils, vitamin E, etc, might be of some help. ...Read more
Nerve trouble: If you had an injury that affected your facial nerve, you can develop synkinesis, which is a condition where nerves grow to the incorrect muscle and make them twitch inappropriately. You should see a neurologist or ENT to check your face out and see about options for making this less bothersome for you. ...Read more