Scars caused by accidents or by surgery can be unpredictable. The way a scar develops depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury or on the surgeons’s skills. Many variables can affect the severity of scarring, including the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, the thickness and color of your skin, and the direction of the scar.
How much the appearance of a scar bothers you is, of course, a personal matter.
While no scar can be removed completely, plastic surgery can often improve the appearance , making it less obvious. Treatments can include injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
Many scars that appear large and unattractive at first may become less noticeable with time. Some can be treated with steroids if symptoms of tenderness or itching are a problem. For these reasons, many plastic surgeons recommend waiting as long as a year or more before deciding to do scar revision.
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