When my now 13 year old daughter was 1, she had a crainiotomy for a blocked ventricle. Her health is now fine, but she is left with a visible, slightly raised while scar (3 inches by 1/2 inch) on her scalp. Can the appearance be minimized? What is the best age?
Daughters Visible Scalp Scar?
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Treatment of scalp scar
Options for Scar Revision
Hi K. There are a few options. If the scar is raised, we would recommend Kenalog (steroid) injections to flatten it. Once flattened, you have a couple options for camouflage. We have had good luck referring to a permanent makeup artist that tattoos fake hair onto the scalp. For this it's very important to see their work ahead of time and this particular person works with plastic surgeons who have scar patients.
Alternatively, you could consider hair transplant in the are that is not growing hair. Sometimes hair transplant involves another scar to harvest the hair so be sure to check on this issue before considering the option.
Scalp scars and revision scar surgery
This is an alopecic scar with a likelihood that there is hair loss in the area from the surgery. Microtransplant of hair can often help these scars. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
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Improvement of Scalp Scar
It sounds like from the description that the scar is hypertrophic (overgrown) as opposed to indented/depressed. There are treatment options that can improve this type of scar, the first of which I would recommend would be cortisone injections.
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