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Can someone tell me how long will my mild cutting scars last?

Can someone tell me how long will my mild cutting scars last?

Yes may leave mark: Yes but this may leave a mark that should be protected from the sun. Silicone gel may help. Avoid tobacco use. Keep fresh wounds clean and lightly moistened.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Why do most cuts and scraps heal without a scar for adults but scars as a child last a long time?

Why do most cuts and scraps heal without a scar for adults but scars as a child last a long time?

That is not true: Cuts and scraps also heal without a scar in children but because they are active and the cuts get recurrent trauma in some cuts depending on thec site of the cut, and also there is more chance of these getting infected and that also causes increased scarring and lastly they get more cuts and scraps than adults do.

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How long do flea bite scars last?

How long do flea bite scars last?

Scratching: Depends on how much you scratched them. If you were able to leave them alone they will fade in a few days, if there is a large abraded area, anywhere from a few weeks to a permanent scar if a large area was opened.

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How long will my burn scar last?

How long will my burn scar last?

Scars are permanent.: They are the result of healing and are permanent. They do, however, mature, i.e. with time. There are some treatments and procedures that may hasten their maturation and make their appearance less objectionable. Your regional burn treatment center would be a good place to start.

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How long will the scar for pyloric stenosis last?

How long will the scar for pyloric stenosis last?

Forever: Like any scar from surgery, this scar is permanent. In some patients, this scar will elongate with advancing age, but not in everyone.

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I have a scar on my head about 15 inch long from an operation last year, is there any way of getting the hair to grow back where the scar is?

I have a scar on my head about 15 inch long from an operation last year, is there any way of getting the hair to grow back where the scar is?

Yes,: The scor may be amenable to revision bringing hair bearing skin closer to the cut edges or hair transplants may be appropriate.

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How long will the scar after waxing will last on my face? How should I get rid of it quickly?

How long will the scar after waxing will last on my face? How should I get rid of it quickly?

Depends: Waxing shouldn't cause scars, but you may have post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, which is usually a reddish or purple discoloration. This will generally fade with time, but bleaching creams like hydroquinone, retinoic acid creams and steroid creams can help it to resolve more quickly. You will want to use sunscreen, as sun exposure will make it worse.

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I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

I was bitten by a bug on my leg last June, took a long time ti heal and the scar is black and now I have vertigo, could it be Lyme disease?

Get tested: There is a simple blood test for Lyme antibodies, to remove any doubt. Ask your doctor about getting tested.

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I've had a rash for four years. It has flares, photo sesitivity. It also scars. Derm believes its Pityriasis Rosea, would it last this long?

I've had a rash for four years. It has flares, photo sesitivity. It also scars. Derm believes its Pityriasis Rosea, would it last this long?

Pityriasis: Is generally a self limited rash (probably viral) I would get checked out for PORPHYRIA CUTANEA TARDA (sorry for the fancy words but write it down and show it to your Dermatologist! PLEASE give me a follow up! HOPE this helps! Dr Z

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On average, how long will acne scar treatment last?

On average, how long will acne scar treatment last?

Indefinitely: Once the treatment - like laser or chemical peel - has healed, and a few months have gone by, the results in the treated area should be stable.

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What kind of scar will I have from a nose job? I was thinking about gettng my nose fixed and I wanted to see some pictures of what the scars will look like? Will there be swelling? How long will the swelling last?

What kind of scar will I have from a nose job? I was thinking about gettng my nose fixed and I wanted to see some pictures of what the scars will look like? Will there be swelling? How long will the swelling last?

Rhinoplasty scar: The scars depend on what type of rhinoplasty is performed and what maneuvers are executed. Discuss these issues with your surgeon and be sure your surgeon is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in these procedures.

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How long does scarring last when warts are burned off?

How long does scarring last when warts are burned off?

Depends: It depends on how they where burned off, how deep they where, where on the body they where removed from some scarring can be permanent.

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Electrolysis or gentle laser for hair removal - which lasts longer, which has less scarring?

Laser hair removal: Electrolysis is going the way of the dinosaur. It is still the only method for long term removal of light hair but your ages a very long time as it is 1 hair at a time. Both electrolysis and laser hair removal have to be done multiple times. The gentlelase is one of the best lasers for hair removal and is much less likely to scar or have side effects due it's patented cold spray.

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I have freezer burn. Is blistering a good sign or no? How long will this last and scarring? What should I use to get rid of it?

I have freezer burn. Is blistering a good sign or no? How long will this last and scarring? What should I use to get rid of it?

Freezer burn: Any kind of "burn" may cause blisters. The important thing for patients to know is 1. Extent of burn 2. Certain locations of burn 3. Infection 4. Sensation is intact or not. I am assuming that since you are posting it here, it is unlikely above are true. If you are losing sensation, facial burn, superimposed infection or any other worriesome symptoms, it worthwhile to go to ER.

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How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

Scarring: That depends. Everyone heals differently and some people may be prone to keloid scarring, which may not resolve over time.

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How long would it untill your cuts becomes scars?

How long would it untill your cuts becomes scars?

Depends: This depends on how large the wound is to start. In the end, once the wound is closed, it takes a year or more for full maturation of the scar.

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I'm wondering how long does it take for a cut to become a scar?

I'm wondering how long does it take for a cut to become a scar?

It depends: On the size/extent of the wound. Small superficial abrasions may heal in a few days, large deep wound may take weeks.

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After how long is a scar considered fully matured and safe to expose to sunlight?

No more pink: When the scar is no longer pink, it is probably safe to expose to sunlight. This usually takes 6-12 months.

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I have been getting these sores on my back for about 2 years, they don't itch but they hurt and leave scars and take a long time to heal/go away.

I have been getting these sores on my back for about 2 years, they don't itch but they hurt and leave scars and take a long time to heal/go away.

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms.