Many patients and families have questions about their scars after surgery such as, “How can I make a new scar look better?” and “Will a scar disappear?” Others have questions down the road such as, “How can I make an older scar less visible?” In Q&A format, ACPA’s fact sheet, Information About Surgical Scars, provides answers from experts in the cleft and craniofacial field.
A common question addressed in the fact sheet is, “What happens to a scar over time?” The fact sheet says:
"At first, a new scar usually looks red, raised off the skin, and fairly hard to the touch. A scar peaks in color, size and texture after several months (about three months for children.) As it matures, it becomes lighter in color, more level with surrounding skin, and softer to the touch. The whole process can take 12 to 18 months."
For more information about surgical scars, visit the ACPA Family Services website. This fact sheet is also offered in Spanish, Información Sobre Cicatrices, along with other ACPA publications.
We encourage you to visit the website to view ACPA’s complete library of publications about cleft and craniofacial care. These publications can be downloaded online for free. Families may also contact ACPA Family Services at email@example.com or 800-24-CLEFT to have a complimentary copy of booklets mailed to them.