How Long Does It Take For A Scar To Turn White?

How can I speed up the healing of a scar?

Keep the wound moist.

Apply petroleum jelly to the wound and cover it with a non-stick bandage.

This can speed healing and minimize scarring, says Krant..

Why is my scar white?

White scars, or “hypopigmented” scars, are due to a loss of melanocytes that manufacture pigment. This loss is usually permanent, but can sometimes be improved by fractional laser resurfacing, which allows some of the pigment cells to migrate back into the lighter-colored skin areas.

Can massaging a scar make it worse?

As the scar matures you can increase the pressure of the massage to help soften scars. Your therapist will guide you in this process as massaging too firmly initially can make scarring worse. As discussed previously the new skin which has formed following the injury lacks the moisture needed.

How long does a scar stay red?

Conclusions: Scar redness fades on average at 7 months. This is influenced by the wound type and position. The authors advocate the use of the term “rubor perseverans” to describe the physiologic redness of a normal scar as it matures beyond the first month, a process that does not involve inflammation.

How long does it take for a scar to turn skin color?

Your scar may be reddened at first and then settle down to become smoother and paler in colour. It can take up to 12-18 months after your injury or operation for a scar to heal. A normal scar will become darker initially and after a period of time this will start to fade.

How long does it take for a scar to disappear?

In time, some collagen breaks down at the site of the wound and the blood supply reduces. The scar gradually becomes smoother and softer. Although scars are permanent, they can fade over a period of up to 2 years. It’s unlikely they’ll fade any more after this time.

What color are scars?

These are thick, rounded, irregular clusters of scar tissue that grow at the site of a wound on the skin, but beyond the edges of the borders of the wound. They often appear red or darker in color, as compared to the surrounding normal skin.

How long does it take for surgical scars to turn white?

Most scars become flat and pale after 12 months. The width of the scar is dependent on the amount of scar ‘stretch’; this is determined partly by the area of the body and the genetic trait of the patient.

Do red scars fade to white?

Finally, the remodelling stage begins and continues for a period from several weeks to a few years. Scar remodelling is what changes a thick, red, raised scar to a thin, flat, white scar and over the course of time, your scars will usually fade and become barely noticeable.