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RE: Getting rid of thyroid surgery scar

  • larue
  • shalimar, fl
  • 4 years ago

My neck scar is 4" long and it pooches out all the way across. This is a fairly new incision but everyone else's is just a flat line even in the beginning. What are my options for flattening it and making it blend in with the rest of my skin? Which procedure would best address this scar?

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I was diagnosed with Polypoid Melanoma Skin Cancer on June 12th of 2012. July 9th 2012 I had suregery on my adams apple. The incision goes from my chin, all the way to bottom of my neck. here it is almost Oct almost 3months after surgery. The scar is flat, but red. 2 weeks after surgery I began using Scarguard MD, Vitamn E, Vaseline, Mederma, and Ketone. And for the time my scar is looking good. Not what I want it to be but but I'm impressed so far. I even have a scar on the side of my neck due to them taking a lymph node out. So I have 2 scars and healing nicely. Oh and Vaseline keeps redness down. Do what works best for your skin. But I'm using all of those.
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How soon can you use scargaurd?
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ScarAway Silicone Scar strips smooth, flatten and fade raised red scars to make closer to your natural skin color. www.MyScarAway.com has more info. I used after a Mommy Makeover as recommended by my surgeon. My results were amazing compared to other mommy makeover scars I have seen. My mom used the ScarAway strips after her thyroide surgery and you can barely see it at all.
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Please private message me for more info...

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How soon could you start using the scarguard?
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I am a victim of hyperthyroidism and had total thyroidectomy last year. I was worried about the operation and the scar. But i suppose i was the lucky one, took only few weeks for the scar to heal and now its hardly visible. Somebody suggested to use lavender oil, so i did, for about a month. Although the scar isn't very noticeable i prefer to cover it whenever i can. I came across some beautiful pendant scarves during my holidays in Europe. The scarf covers my scar perfectly and it is a beautiful accessory. Bought more of them online, they called Triscava. Never look back :-)
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Hi! I just joined this community after reading about everyones great advice! I had thryoid cancer and had to get a full thyroidectomy oil on June 26, 2010. I will post a picture this week. I was using a vitamin E oil with high eu from whole foods. Now that it is healed I am using a silicone based gel called scarfade from Hanson Medical. Ordered online from from a friends advice. I heard mederma does nothing for healing the wound. But I am not sure. I think what I am using is similar to LaRues ScarGuard MD. The gel i am using seems to be really helping alot! I may also go buy ScarGuard MD just to ck it out! Thanks for the great advice and I will be posting a pic real soon!
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Now that's it heal..try to look for someone to do a dermaroller treatment..that will help a lot,google and type in dermaroller in your area and see what it pop's up..make sure you find a good doctor that does it or someone at a well known spa...anymore info.I can give I will be more than willing to help.....
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You're very welcome!! The name is Scarguard MD and says Premium on the box. I actually got it at CVS, so I believe you can find it at many drug stores. It's in a silver box with doctors on the front. It's in a .5 oz bottle and you brush it on. Ingredients are Silicone 12.0%, Hydrocortisone .5%, vitamin E, and flexible collodion. On Amazon the one that looks the same says ScarGuard MD ScarCare. You can also look on www.scarguard.com They have four different products, but the one that worked for me is the Scarguard MD. Looks like they may have changed the look of the box, but that is the one. I hope this helps!
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Thanks again for the information! I actually found some at a local CVS on my way home from work! I didn't even have a cvs "card", but the girl gave me the discount anyway :) I can't wait to start trying it out! I still have a few of the scaraway strips that I've been using all along, but I'm going to try the scarguard out tomorrow. I wear dress shirts to work (collars) so the scar is always hidden anyway. I'm just very self conscious of it at all times, and will try anything to diminish it even more. It's not as bad as it was, but it's been 2 years and I really wish it would have been faded a lot more by now :( Anyway, Thanks again! I know that on a lot of health boards people go through a crisis, then make a post, but rarely follow up.
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Hi Thanks for the update! Could you please post a link or the specific name of the version of scarguard that you used? I looked at amazon, but there were several different products under that name. Thanks if you can!
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Oh and one more tip... once your scar turns into the white line, I find that using a q-tip with some self tanner on it rubbed right on the white scar causes it to blend right in with the rest of the skin. I use Neutrogena. Hope this helps!!!
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Thank you everyone for your responses!!! I am happy to report that my scar is now just a very thin white line that is barely noticeable. I used Scarguard MD religiously from the moment the doctor told me I could start putting something on it. I could actually watch from week to week the amazing difference. It flattened it out in no time and the color started to fade. I highly recommend it! I was so scared and worried because my incision didn't look like anyone else's pictures I had found online, but it's barely noticeable now so if you happen to be going through what I did, know it will get better. It's a scary experience and your mind can go a little crazy worrying, especially when you have intenet pictures to compare to, but I learned everyone is different and it doesn't pay worry yourself to death about it. Thanks again!!!! I hope this will help others who are going through this!
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I had a TT in Nov. 06'. I had two surgeries one half at a time. I was told my scar would be red longer because of my age. I am happy to say I barely notice it now. It is thicker than some but it doesn't bother me anymore. Someone told me that sunscreen is really good for scars and that products like Mederma contain sunscreen. I started carrying a small sunscreen stick Neutragena I think and would apply it several times throughout the day. The redness does go away and people don't ask me as often about my scar. But for me it is apart of me, apart of my journey, and a reminder of the strength I didn't know I had. I hope this gets better for you. It took mine a few years to really lose the fiery look. It gets better I promise!
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Please...Please e-mail me. I will be more than happy to help you with this problem,I think you would be very please.. I myself had a fusion place in my neck back on 2003..I will give you some good options how how you will look and feel much better,you will be very please with the outcome Hope this helps!!

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Hi - thanks for the reply. Could the sun have caused this? Will the lump/redness, pain go away or did I screw up by getting too much sun?
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Please help me I am going on 2months with my scar still not fully healed. Sometimes clear stuff seaps out of the center or left side of my incision. Just when I think it is fully healed it starts oozing clear stuff again!!! I am so tired of this and my cut look awful the color is like a purple and has a lump in the center!!! I purchased Mederma and I had to stop using because of the stuff that is still oozing out of it. Please help me!!!
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I had a partial thyroidectomy on Feb. 1, at first my scar was about 3 inches long and was just slightly red and swollen. They went and redrained it allowing the center hole to remain open and close on its own. After two weeks it started to flatten and the redness was minimal...now only a month later, it is about 2 inches long and half flat/ half raised. Scars will continue to change shape and form for some time, remember you have both physical and chemical changes happening so healing is going to vary from person to person. Keep it moist...all the time, who cares if people stare, keep it shiny and don't let fabric rub it. After a few months, if you still aren't happy with it, check on Fractional CO2 Lasering and Laser Skin Resurfacing...lasers can do wonders now. Stay out of the sun also, mine didn't start to raise until I got out and only had vitamin e on it (live in Florida)...it wasn't hot but it was sunny, and I did get a little burn around the area. Good luck and don't worry about the scar, you are a very pretty woman. The first thing you notice in your picture is your face, the second thing your frown....smile and people won't get past your smile to even notice the scar...and it WILL fade.
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I had the left side of my thyroid removed 5 weeks ago. 4 days ago I was at a pool party. I put sunscreen on but last night the left side of my scar became raised, red, and hurts. Is this from too much sun?
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Thank you so much!! I am smiling now. I was definitely scared and kept it covered for many months, but it is hardly noticeable now.
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I have a coworker that had thyroid surgery and I would hear girls at work saying how sorry they felt for her because of her scar because at that time it was raised and really noticeable every time I would have a conversation with her I couldnt help myself from staring at her scar and now her scar is invisible it took about a year and she never did anything to the scar. You cant even see it at all.
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Hi, a couple of weeks ago I was slashed on my neck! I have a scar on my neck and I was wondering what would be the best treatment for the scar and if Mederma would work well on that scar? What other remedies do you suggest would help on a slash wound ?
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I had a TT last april, and can definitely relate to your situation. My surgeon told me to use vitamin e oil or cocoa butter. I tried it all, even mederma cream. Ultimately, the only real help I found was silicone sheets. I didn't start using the sheets until about 4 months after surgery. I'm coming up on the year mark, and the scar is still very visible. The surgeon said that the red/purple is part of the healing process and takes about a year to fade. There's no way mine will be faded 2 months from now; I can only hope that in time it DOES fade. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. The main issue I have with the silicone sheets is that I cut them to cover the scar, but because of the indentation in front of the neck (and neck mobility in general), the center of the strip starts to lift as soon as I turn my head to either side.
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I have experience with scars in areas with a lot of movement and I found Kelecote to be much easier to use than the silicone sheeting. Kelecote is silicone in a tube that dries quickly and gives the same effect as the sheeting.
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