My daughter had an appendectomy and her scar appears to be thickening below the surface, like a knot. Is this normal?

Doctor Answers 3

Scar treatment of appendectomy scars in Los Angeles

After surgery, we advise patients to start a scar therapy protocol to improve scarring of the skin.  This may entail laser, IIT, and topical therapy with Melarase.

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Scars after surgery

The natural healing process will produce some thickening under the surgical site. Persistent thickening 3-4 months after surgery may represent scar formation. Scars can be treated with injections and laser but many improve with no treatment within a year.

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
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Post operative scars.

Scars from any surgical procedures may be indurated and feel as if there is a hardened area for 3-6 month but should gradually subside.Check with your doctor to make sure that the wound healing process is as expected.

Said Samra, MD
Holmdel Plastic Surgeon
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