Visibility of a scar or incision in the skin is dependent on a number of factors. Some of these factors include the location of the scar, the nature of the incision or wound, the type of reconstruction needed to close the wound, your own body’s healing powers and how you care for it afterwards. Wounds that involve infections or trauma usually heal more visibly than do clean incisions. Incisions closed under tension (where there is little loose skin for closure or if a lot of tissue was removed) are more likely to be wider and more visible.
Keep in mind that although wounds and incisions do most of their healing and strengthening in the first 4-8s weeks, they continue to heal for up to a year.
The following are some recommendations for incision/wound care.
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