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Posted by: SCARRED | 2004/02/16

SCARS - EXPLAIN

Dear PS

Could you please explain the "lifecycle" of a scar.

I have unsightly scars from a breast augmentation op which was done under the breast. Please explain what to expect from month to month as far as the scar is concerned. Does it go different colours before it comes right etc. What does it mean if it goes a reddish/purple? Does it eventually go away?

Thanx

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Dear Scarred,

It takes 6 months to 12 months and even longer for a scar to become less visible. The amount of scarring differs from one person to the next. Some patients are more prone to unsightly scars than others.

You can minimise scarring by using a supportive, hypo-allergenic tape on the scars for up to 6 months after surgery. Also massage your scars for at least 10 minutes every day. Do not use oil or lotions, unless the scar is totally healed (not open anymore). The scar does change in colour, and going red or purple is usually part of the healing process. It can take quite some time before it turns pink and eventually white.

Your scars will never totally go away, but they are usually hidden in the breast fold in time, making them less visible.

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