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Just had my first (1 week) check-up after my neck release using full thickness skin graft. Donor site is a 5 inch straight scar across my tummy. Everything is going perfectly at this point and I can already see a huge difference.
They are however bright red and angry looking. I can barely remember having my original grafts or skin plasters as I think I think of them.
When does the colour start to calm down and be less noticeable?
Hiya… Beth I had a z plasty op 9 months ago and more recently… its interesting that some of the scars are already nearly not noticeable yet others are still really red. My arms seem to scar less than my stomach and side… not much help I know.. but I reckon realistically the scarring looks a lot better by 6 months.. and then it fades slowly over time… but if you are anything like me when I get hot it is more obvious and when I am cold as they show red or blue depending on my body temperature! Glad to hear it is healing well though
Thanks for you reply, Polski. I guess it’s just taken me a little bit by surprise of how angry it currently looks. It’s been years since I’ve had any grafts as I’ve so much other reconstruction.
I had an unusual large neck graft so it’s very obvious and right across my throat. I’ve got a neck splint for at least the next 2-3 weeks and then it hopefully will be scarf weather.