Stitch Scar Removal After Thyroid Operation

How can I remove the stitch marks caused after a thyroid operation?

Doctor Answers 3

Scars resulting from stitches can be improved with currently available scar treatments

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Scars due to stitches respond to treatments like intralesional steroids, intralesional Bleomycin, Laser and Radiofrequency resurfacing. If the surgery was not too long ago, you could start using creams like Contractubex or Cicatrix to help improve the scar.

Surgical scar revision for neck scars and thyroid scars

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Removing stitch marks from a scar is usually difficult without surgical scar revision. In some cases, fractional CO2 laser may work in some rare cases. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Yes. The scar can be revised

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The answer to your question is that a variety of scar camouflage techniques are available. However, it is important to note that scars will improve naturally over the course of a year. Unless there are serious aesthetic issues with a scar that are unlikely to resolve, I encourage patients to wait for this time frame. If the scar is still objectionable at 1 year (wide or hypertrophic), I would recommend surgical scar removal and revision. If the scar is raised or firm, a trial of steroid (kenalog) injections might be more appropriate.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

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