• My scar (from ear to ear) is so ugly. It makes me feel really self-conscious and just like I want to wear a scarf all the time.

    Asked by bigjan on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    My scar (from ear to ear) is so ugly. It makes me feel really self-conscious and just like I want to wear a scarf all the time.

    Does anyone have suggestions?

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      You don't say how long ago you had your surgery, but I know from experience that the surgery scars fade with time, so it may not look all that bad in a couple of month or a year. I am sorry that you feel self-conscious, but I understand it. As long as scarves and turtle necks don't irritate the area go for it.

      Try to view your scar as a badge of courage and survival.

      over 3 years ago
    • spunky's Avatar

      My surgeon had me use this oil called Bio-Oil. Most pharmacies carry it. I just put it on my scar every day for 2 or 3 months. If you buy it, get the smaller bottle. It's all I needed. And I have a lot left over. Now my scar is starting to fade quite well. This stuff is supposed to work on old scars and skin discolorations too.

      over 3 years ago
    • walshmeister's Avatar

      I have so many scars that I gave up on hiding them, now they are badges of honor!

      over 3 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      Your scar is still very new. I can only tell you what I did (my incision was opened 3 times). I lubed the area up with Vitamin E oil. I took cheap vit E capsules and popped them with a pin and used that oil. Today unless you know it is there, my scar is unnoticeable. I am very fortunate and do not scar easily though. But you have to remember it takes sometime for the scar to heal. If you go to http://papillarythyroidcancerguide.com/2012/03/15/what-happens-when-thyroid-cancer-reaches-the-lymph-nodes/ there is a picture of my last surgery's incision.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      You can wear a scarf, but I look at my scars as battle wounds and I am very proud of them.
      It can also be a conversation starter. On those days that you don't want to talk about it, wear a scarf. But wear your scars proudly, you are a survivor!

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Hi, mine goes from ear to ear as well. I was so aware of it and I thought every one was staring at it, I cant cover it because of nerve damage. In high school I had to find reasons for it since the word cancer was at that time a fear word (my first date thought it was contagious). I then found I won most scar contests! I found that most people are so busy thinking about their own "flaws" that all they see are a reflection of themselves. I look at peoples eyes, if they are looking at my neck I explain with a smile, frequently my large chest has gotten more looks. :)
      It will get better, I wont say its all in your head but this scar will become a badge of honor with time. Any nerve damage will start to heal, the scarring and bruising will be less visible.
      I am available by email or phone if you need to talk. I have been off line recently, but I am back - Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • mcecike56's Avatar

      It will take time for your scar to go away. Remember your a Thyroid Cancer Survivor.

      over 3 years ago
    • kelsey19's Avatar

      After my total thyroidectomy i had the same problem, an ugly and bumpy scar. I just recently went to a dermatologist and he injected my scar with cortisone shots and its not even a week later and my scar has flattened and the redness went away. i highly recommend!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • BraveOwl's Avatar

      I have the same situation and I really am super self-conscience about it , not only that but a lot of my neck tissue was removed so I have a "pencil" neck - I am visiting a plastic surgeon next month who specializes in breast reconstruction using a fat injection method- she thinks she can use on my neck , hope that improves it, however I have noticed my scar has faded however I have a dark olive complexion so I have been told that scar healing is much slower , less progressive for my pigmentation- but if anyone has suggestions I'm open to trying anything - I'm lucky here in Canada with winter 2/3rds of the year I can get away with scarfs & turtlenecks but summers are a hard time for me and to be honest I don't want to have to think it about so much anymore. My surgery was in 2010.

      over 2 years ago
    • Shannoonun's Avatar

      I have a scar from ear to ear (like an Alice band) from surgery as a baby.

      Hair doesn't grow over it, I can cover it with hair though it shows with certain hair styles or if it gets too greasy but honestly everyone I tell is surprised and have no idea It's there :)
      I'm sure nobody knows it there

      I understand how you feel, I don't really want to draw attention to it. I cover other with hair:) it's fine down and if it's up I have to have to use some of the hair in front of the scar and pull it back into a Pony tail or whatever

      it's not so good if youre a boy but I think my hair would have to be really short to see it.

      about 1 month ago

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