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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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Hello my 8 year olf daughter had heart surgery in 2009 to repair the mitral valve. This was sucessful. Last monday. Doctors found a vegitation?

Heart surgery. Vegetation generally implies an acute or old infection. Talk to the drs. And get an explanation of what's going on. Read more...
Abnormal. Mitral repair needs correlation with symptoms and events. Recent dental work or abscesses. Fever, chills, weight loss and signs of acute infection. Presume it is acute and will be treated after blood cultures and finding any specific bacteria. Vegetations can be bacterial clusters and or fibrotic material hanging on the valve or supporting structures. Read more...

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...

Where begins and where ends sternotomy scar on chest after heart surgery and what length is this scar? How long takes complete heal of this scar?

6 inches roughly. Begins just below collar bone and ends just above xyphoid process. Roughly6 inches long. Takes 8 weeks to get strong but over a year to completely heal. Read more...
2-3 months. Scar usually from sternal notch to upper abdomen. Read more...
Depends. Usually the incision is a few inches shorter than the breastbone that is divided for the operation. The incision is pretty well healed after a few weeks, but the scar remodels for months. Read more...