Indented wide dark scar from recent cyst removal punch excision by plastic surgeon. Does it look normal? (Photo)
3 years ago
After 7 days, stitches were removed. Scar was light, looked good, small line. Now day 4 since stitches out, line much darker, deeper, wider. PS said maybe infection, so given antibiotics. Is there any hope this will flatten out/lighten up? PS is stumped, and I cant find anything like this on the internet to compare to. Please help, I am very scared I will permanently be disfigured, and I don't know how to treat it in the mean time to speed up healing and not mess it up further. Thank you.
Doctor Answers 2
Scars can form from any type of surgery. This is the typical look after 7 days, post suture removal. Typically I have patients use Biocorneum three times a day. After 2-3 weeks if the scar isn't less red we do a combination of Excel V laser treatment (which treats the scars redness) and either Fraxel Dual non-ablative laser resurfacing or ActiveFX ablative laser resurfacing (for the texture). But honestly, after 6 months this will be much less noticeable, likely inperceptable. However, it is common to have a scar like this after cyst excisions. I wish you the best of luck, Dr. Emer.
Yes, your scar does not look so good at present. You might try some Kelocote or bioCorneum on the scar twice a day and apply and let dry. The bioCorneum has both silicone and sunscreen so that is a good choice. Do this for 4 months and no surgery. After 6 months a revision can be tried. The antibiotics are a good idea also but I doubt a significant infection. Nevertheless stick with the antibiotics. You will be fine. My Best, Dr C
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