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How Long Should Scars Last
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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 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
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
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
I have had eczema for as long as I can remember but it got very bad in the last few years. As I am only 17 I was wondering is it hormone related? I am female. Also how can I get rid of scarring caused by infection? Thanks!
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
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
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
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
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
It will not: It's an antibacterial ointment to fight infections. ...Read more
Year: Incisional scars will mature and look better for up to one year with vitamine and sun protection. ...Read more
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
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
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
For last year or so I have moticed that marks left on my skin by minor scars just don't go away i.e. Skin doesn't clear up. Is it normal at my age?
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
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
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 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.
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?
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