How Soon Can I Have My Forehead Scar Revised?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is there a wait time needed for healing after the original scar has developed? I had an accident this past February where I injured my forehead. The ER doctor said that it was hard to pull the wound together because I had skin lost and the wound might need to be reopened and restitched. Well I had the stitches removed and it left a scar that is about 2.5cm long and at its widest less than .5 cm wide. Please let me know if there needs to be a certain amount of time before scheduling an appointment. I look forward to your response.

A: My approach to scar revision may differ from the historic approach of waiting one year or more before having a revisional procedure. Waiting on scar maturation is advised when the problem that is making the scar visible will improve with time. If the scar is narrow, has a relatively even surface contour and is red in color, then time will help the scar’s color to fade. (although even that problem is treated earlier today with BBL therapy) But if the scar is wide, indented or raised (color aside), time will not improve those scar characteristics. This scar revision may be undertaken as early as 3 months after the injury when much the inflammation from primary healing has subsided.

Please send me a picture of your forehead scar for my assessment.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana