I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

Reduce not Remove. There may be many options to reduce the appearance or visibility of the scar but unfortunately there is no way to remove or regenerate normal skin at this point in medicine. Discuss your options with a plastic surgeon.
Can't be erased, but. It may be able to be improved. If it is a median sternotomy (vertical scar in the midline of the chest, ) these are notorious for remaining prominent, but there may be ways to reduce its prominence, both surgical and non-surgical. If it is a thoracotomy (on the side of the chest parallel to the ribs, ) it may be more amenable to improvement. See a board-certified plastic surgeon to investigate.

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How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

Good skin care. Avoid wound tension with tape and/or supportive bra, silicone adhesive gel sheets, no sun exposure, topical scar massage, close surgical follow up, timely removal of sutures, etc. Read more...
Scar Revision. Go and see a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate the scar and revise it if it is necesary. Read more...

My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?

Depends. It could be just a wound reaction or the process of wound healing, but it could also be an infection. Have the surgeon check it out because and infection could be very dangerous. Read more...
Cardiac Surgeon. Ask your cardiac surgeon. Without actually examining your daughter nobody can especulate a diagnosis. Read more...
I'm glad her repair. Went well. Do have one of her doctors check to make sure it's not a staph infection around the wound. It could be something simple, like a reaction to tape, but don't hesitate to get it checked out. If you start early intervention as " early prevention" when her sternotomy scar heals, you'll learn how to promote her development as you & she recover from the surgery & hospital stay. Read more...
Multiple Causes. This depends on when the surgery was done. Reddening could be a sign of infection. It could also be part of the normal healing, or simply an irritant rash. Please review this with your child's cardiologist. Read more...

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies. As with any surgery, this varies. It would depend on the exact surgery required as well as whether there are any complciations. Usually it would involve one to two weeks in the hospital and four to eight weeks at home. It also depends on what you mean by "recovery." the chest could be sore for a much longer period for instance. Read more...
Baby hearts. Typically, kids recover more quickly after heart surgery than adults. It's important, though, to consider what exactly has been fixed with the operation. There are some surgeries on kids that require multiple steps to complete. What that means is that the child may not be completely repaired after the first procedure. Read more...
Stages. "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. Read more...

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies. It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the procedure, the longer the recovery. Read more...
Variable. Less complex surgery at 2-4 months of age may require a week or so in the hospital. Complex congenital heart defects requiring surgery in the first few days may result in several weeks or longer in the hospital. It really varies a great deal depending upon the diagnosis, as well as other complicating medical conditions. Read more...