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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. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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: Rhinoplasty may be performed via an open (external) approach or closed (endonasal) approach. The open rhinoplasty is performed via a small incision in the columella, the skin between the nostrils. The incision generally heals very well and becomes unnoticeable over time. The closed rhinoplasty is performed with internal incisions only, so nothing is visible on the outside. Both approaches work well and appropriate for many rhinoplasty patients. More important than the rhinoplasty approach, is the specific procedures your plastic surgeon performs in your rhinoplasty. Generally, open rhinoplasty has more swelling that lasts longer as compared to endonasal rhinoplasty.

Lastly, other incisions your rhinoplasty surgeon may use regardless of open vs. Endonasal rhinoplasty may include (1) nostril incisions to remove extra skin and narrow the nose, and (2) osteotomy incisions to help reshape the nasal bones.

Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a rhinoplasty specialist help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long should scars from stitches stay?

How long should scars from stitches stay?

Scars are permanent: Are you talking about the marks left in the skin where the sutures were placed? If so it depends on how long the stitches were left in place. The earlier they can safely be removed the more likely they are to fade away. The scar from the cut and stitch marks from sutures may be permanent but you can help improve appearance by avoiding sun, massaging scar and using topical silicone. ...Read more

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How long will my biopsy scar take to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: Scars start to settle down in 6 to 8 weeks. After that they can take a year or more to fully mature. During that time you can help the scars with massage and sunblock protection. ...Read more

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For how long do sugical face scars take to heal?

For how long do sugical face scars take to heal?

Scar resolution: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

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How long does it take for surgical scars to heal?

Scar healing: Surgical scars are healed when they turn white and this varies with the location of the scar and the type of closure. This process usually takes about a year, however some scars are red and raised years after surgery. These scars mat require treatment such as steroids, pressure helped mature scars as does silicone, if you feel your scar is not healing consult your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take for neosporin to heal a scar?

How long does it take for neosporin to heal a scar?

It will not: It's an antibacterial ointment to fight infections. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my scars to lose their redness?

How long will it take for my scars to lose their redness?

Year: Incisional scars will mature and look better for up to one year with vitamine and sun protection. ...Read more

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Does revitol scar remover work? How long does it take to see results?

Does revitol scar remover work? How long does it take to see results?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Your acne should be well-controlled. See a board certifieddermatologist or plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action. I cannot see how a product whose ingredients are unknown could be relied upon to improve scars. ...Read more

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I got my scar 7 years ago. How long could it take a Mederma to remove it?

Never: A 7 year old scar is what you're going have permanently. There is nothing available that can remove scars. Mederma can minimize scarring, but will never completely erase a scar. ...Read more

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What happens if they do/don't scar, how long will it take it to go away or leave a mark and stop itching?

What happens if they do/don't scar, how long will it take it to go away or leave a mark and stop itching?

What is "they"?: What do you mean by "they"? Please ask again and clarify! There's a 150 character limit for your question, including spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete. ...Read more

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How long does it take cut skin to grow back? And how long should I wait to get its scars to go away? Any home remedies that can help the scars?

How long does it take cut skin to grow back? And how long should I wait to get its scars to go away? Any home remedies that can help the scars?

Depends: It depends how deep the cut was. The skin is many layers thick. If only the very top layer (the epidermis) was cut it will usually heal with no scar. As deeper layers are cut then one has to perform a "layered" closure, and then it's important to take into account the underlying muscular anatomy. ...Read more

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Hello, I would like to know how long it takes for for a scar to reduce in thickness and also become flat. I've had a raised scar for 6months now?

See below: If it has bveen raised for 6 months then it is almost certainly going to stay that way. In cosmetic counters there is some expensive "medication" that may in fact reduce a scar but I have no personal experience with it. ...Read more

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I'm a 26 yr old f. Have a long indention on l lower back. Quarter size. Deep. Resembles a scar. Have had it for 5 months. Just appeared, got worse.?

Doc eval needed: Any new change that you cannot explain how it happened needs to be evaluated by a doctor in person. There is no way to explain what is causing this without a true history and md physical. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm on my last 4 months of acutane I still have some hiperpigmentation and some very light rolling + box car scars how can I remove all these scars???

I'm on my last 4 months of acutane I still have some hiperpigmentation and some very light rolling + box car scars how can I remove all these scars???

Specialist: I am glad you are getting effective treatment and sorry it was delayed resulting in scarring. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can address the scars. A hydroquinone bleach can perhaps help the pigment but it is iffy ...Read more

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I have these 2-3 inch horizontal long lines on my back. They look like scars. They are raised -- not flat. About 1cm in width. Feels like a thin cord.

I have these 2-3 inch horizontal long lines on my back. They look like scars. They are raised -- not flat. About 1cm in width. Feels like a thin cord.

Keloids? Old scars?: If these are horizontal expect they are man-made. I say this because of the fact they are horizontal. It could be old scars or even keloids. You could ask your physician to have you see a dermatologist to clarify. ...Read more

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2 c-sections last one was 5 yrs ago for the last 3 yrs or so when its that time of the month my outside scar and inside scar hurts so bad I can't move?

2 c-sections last one was 5 yrs ago for the last 3 yrs or so when its that time of the month my outside scar and inside scar hurts so bad I can't move?

Explanation: Sorry to hear this, but unfortunately the old scar may be painful, especially in the cold weather and severe weather change. To help yourself you have to keep the scar In warm conditions and take Tylenol or Motrin ...Read more

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How long until red rosacea scar fades?

How long until red rosacea scar fades?

More info please: What do you mean by a red rosacea scar? Did you have a large cyst or pimple that got infected? Please describe the " scar" so we can better help you. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pimple scars to go away?

How long does it take for pimple scars to go away?

Depends: If true scarring has occurred, they may never disappear. However with excellent healing they are typically not very conspicuous. In the meantime do not pick and keep wounds clean. ...Read more

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How long do raised scars take to flatten and fade?

It depends: In general, the worse the injury, the worse the scar and the longer it takes to fade. That is why wounds must be treated gently and encouraged to heal quickly. Older people will find that their scars fade faster than younger people (it's one advantage to age); darker-skinned people tend to take longer than fairer people. Keep all scars out of sunlight until they fade as uv worsens outcomes. ...Read more