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Will Bruising Lead Scarring
Unlikely: Bruising usually describes a process which damages the underlying muscle and soft tissues without breaking the skin. Bleeding from capillary damage can cause the discoloration seen with the injury. For the most part, this does not affect the dermal layers substantially and therefore does not lead to scarring. If the trauma was significant enough then both bruising and scarring is possible. ...Read more
Number of approaches: Options are myriad from aesthetic lasers to local growth factor treatments. See your dermatologist or aesthetic physician. ...Read more
I bumped my back a few months ago and my partner recently noticed I had kind of a scar although I t was only a bruise?
Very unusual: Thus sounds very unusual and I would see a dermatologist for an evaluation and possible diagnostic biopsy to exclude other more serious conditions. ...Read more
Usually not: Depends upon the site & injuryGet a more detailed answer ›
Bruises self heal: Brusies by definition, will heal and disappear. Scars can not be made to disappear. There are scar gels and creams that can improve the appearance of a scar that you already have. You can sometimes have a surgical scar revision, but this is just trading one scar for a new scar that should look better. ...Read more
Old-fashioned cholecystectomy 27 years ago. Now bruising and pain in area of scar. Should I be concerned?
I have a large lump that has come up next to an old scar. I had a very large bruise first that lasted for about a week and a half. The lump is about the size of a large lime. Whatshould I do?
Could: Could be a keloid scar or a cyst or a hematoma (a collection of blood). You need to have it evaluated by a doc. ...Read more
I was bitten by my horse about a month ago (the bite broke the skin slightly, weird injury I know) and it left a scar behind. How can I fade the scar? It looks like I always have a dark colored bruise on my shoulder where I was bitten?
Soft tissue injury: Time will be your best friend. Sounds like a soft tissue injury. So just monitor it but do not touch. It will take several months to resolve be patient and try to avoid horses! ...Read more
Hernia pain: Occasionally patients will experience pain following an activity months following a hernia repair. This may be a pulled muscle or injury. It is possible to develop a "bruise" in the area of the hernia repair. I would recommend rest, anti-inflammatory agents, and possibly ice. If it does not resolve, see your surgeon. A recurrent hernia is rare but possible. ...Read more
I had back surgery and I have a bruise on the right side and pain near the scar on my spine. What could be causing this?
Blood: Some degree of bleeding can occur following back surgery. When blood goes into the superficial soft tissues, it causes a bruise. Just make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more
I self pierced my tragus last year and it then rejected. I pierced it after that&now I have a large scar that is bruise colors how can I get rid of it?
Listen to body: If your body rejects something, that might be a clue that it's not a good idea. Now that you have ignored your body and are suffering some consequences (i.e. A large dark scar), be smart. Usually time alone will fade scars but if it doesn't, you may need ipl or laser treatments. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Hi. I got a scar on my neck due to hickey. I scratch it and bleeding, nw the wound already heal, no more bruise but dark scar appear for 2 mnths now : (
I have like a scar bruise on my thigh its been about 1 year & still there I've tried scar creams & massaging it but it just won't go away what can I do?
Other options: For scars or bruises that do not respond to topical agents, you may need to get an evaluation by a dermatologist to see if you qualify for prescription topical agents or even laser treatment. Lasers can treat certain brown and vascular marks. There are lesions that still may not respond to lasers. ...Read more
I bumped my forehead on a sink today and it's red there is abump on it. Will there be a scar from it and when will the bump go away/will it bruise?
Unlikely scar: Good chance it will swell a bit and look black and blue like a bruise. Apply ice or cold compress for first couple hours then leave it alone. Should heal in a week. Very unlikely to scar. ...Read more
Is it normal to have a 4"x2.5" bruise after a blood test, for it to take 2.5 weeks to fade and leave a slight scar? Just due to not putting pressure?
Yes: A bruise is common after a blood draw and can be from inadequate pressure. It can take over a week to go away and should not scar. ...Read more
Very large bruise at old scar about 29 yrs ago I had my appendix removed. Now I was changing shirts to day and I saw a very large bruise around the scar in about a 6 or 8" circle. It looks like a big explosion of blood in the circle.
Will my daughter get scars from chickenpox? My daughter scars and bruises easily, so I am concerned she might get lasting scars from the chickenpox she has now. Is there anything I can do to reduce the chance of scars while she still has symptoms? .
It: It is possible, but there is no way to predict whether it will occur. If she does develop lesions do not allow her to pick at them. Allow them to run their natural course. ...Read more
My knee around my scar is red, very tender, painful to bend and hot to the touch, one dr said it was a bruise is this true.?
Could be infected: Depends on how recent scar is and if there has been any history of trauma. But if the scar is from recent surgery I would definitely get someone to look at it to rule out infection. ...Read more
When I was 14 I had my appendix removed and now I'm 18 every few months my scars will get sore red and they will bruise and I don't know why?
Have lump always thought was internal scar tissue from gallbladder surgery 6 yrs ago. This a.M, there was bruise over it I can't explain. Do I worry?
Internal scar tissue: Don't present as lumps. You didn't state where exactly is the lump. If its at the site of incisio. Then it could be an incisional hernia. Bruising may or may not be related to it. If the lump is tender to touch now then you need to contact your physician soon as it may be an incarcerated hernia. If its soft, and non tender then you can follow up with your physician to further assess it. ...Read more
I have terrible looking purple scars on my ankles and feet (from soccer) -they look like bruises but they don't hurt they just look bad. I am interes?
Scarring: And skin discoloration can be lightened with many different types of natural products. There are also some prescription creams that can help. If you are concerned have a doctor look at it and give you a good treatment plan! ...Read more
After 9 years my c-section scar is splitting open and bruising around it. No straining or heavy lifting. What's causing this?
My stab wound has been fully closed for almost a month now. I still have tenderness and a bit of swelling/bruising near the scar. How can I reduce it?
7 yr old bruises easily and they months to completely fade. Scars never fade. Bug bites and small cuts are visible years later. Some scars are keloid?
Not keloids: I am very sorry to hear your son is suffering from these problems. A 7 year old should not have to worry abou these things. You are not describing keloid scars, but rather poor healing. Please see a good plastic surgeon to help you make the diagnosis. It may simply be that he is prone to what is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). ...Read more
I have scars between my legs from chaffing, there really dark and noticeable. They look like I have a constent bruise. How do I get rid of them?
See a dermatologist: May be acanthosis nigricans or post-inflammatory pigmentation. Are you very heavy? Treatment depends on cause. ...Read more
I have a freckle on the inside of my right thigh near my vagina and it seems to have "smeared". I also have what looks like minor bruising by it and waxy scar like skin around the area.?
Dermatology consult: Please get seen by a board certified dermatologist. Never ignore an unexplained skin lesion. ...Read more
1 month since eye ulcer, dr found scar but everything else is fine. Now get pain like a bruise and pressure at end of every day and puffs up why?
Eye ulcer: If you originally had a significant corneal ulcer, then this can also affect the tissues surrounding your eye. Even after the ulcer was treated, you may have some residual inflammatory changes of the eyelids and soft tissue in the eye socket. This can cause some bruising and pressure sensation that you are describing. This should gradually get better. ...Read more