What Should I Do? Scar on Nose Looks Horrible

Updated on December 09, 2012
N.P. asks from Frisco, TX
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I posted a while ago about my 4 yo getting scratched by brother on the nose about 2 mos ago. Oval scratch that is light in color. I realizes the real problem is that around that lighter area is a dark pigment line so it is even more obvious. Is there anything to remove that line? Looks like someone circled her scar with a pen. Trying mederm, vit e oil, even cocoa butter. Looks so horrible! Please any suggestions. Should I take her to a plastic surgeon?

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answers from Boston on

If it's only been a few months, there's still healing to be done. Let it go -- and DON'T make an issue of it in front of either child. Time will help.

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answers from Dallas on

First of all, please do not convey your feelings of this issue toward your 4 yr old or you will make her have a complex about it. Yes, at 4 they are old enough to pick up on your feelings about things and can figure out you are upset about a scar on her face.

Children's skin tends to heal well over time. Vitamin E oil works wonders for scarring... I have a place on my thigh where a lump had to be removed and I used vitamin e oil and you cannot see the scar at all right now. I did the same with my hysterectomy scar and it is hardly noticeable.

One thing to make sure you do is use plenty of sunscreen because the scar is more sensitive to the sun.

This will probably clear over time. If you are still concerned, talk to your pedi and see what he/she has to say.

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answers from New York on

Leave it. As she grows it will become less and less obvious. Plastic surgeon, no. She will still be beautiful. Little scar or no scar.

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answers from Boise on

It's a scar, in time it will fade and be barely noticeable.

My now 11 year old fell into our wood burning stove in our tent when he was 2 1/2. We were in the mountains and it was bad, he had 2nd and 3rd degree burns down his hand and about 2 inches above his wrist. Thankfully my husband falls on the paranoid side cause he had some industrial burn cream in his emergency bad (doc said that's what prevented it from being worse). Anywho, the scar was pretty bad for a year, and now at 11 it's barely noticeable.

We now it's there but most people don't. About the only time you can really tell is in the summer when he get's a tan, most of the skin doesn't tan, but a few spots do. It kinda looks dirty. The good news is that when they are young like that they heal better. I could tell many stories of my kids getting hurt with some pretty bad scars and now they aren't noticeable.

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answers from Redding on

It will disappear... she's young. give it a little more time.
Some little scars can even cause "character", so don't jump the gun with plastic surgery. The skin will slough off and regenerate over the next couple of years.
I had a burn scar on my calf from a motorcycle pipe. I thought it would never go away, but now it's gone..

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answers from Chicago on

Whoa, slam the brakes Mama!
That is way too young and too little of a scar/issue to be thinking plastic surgeon. (Even if kids are making fun of her over it--which I don't read in this situation at all), you need to be loving and supportive. Drawing attention to it is only going to make your son feel even worse over what I assume was an accident in play(I read the other post, and don't read otherwise).
I think you are reading waaaaaaay too much into this. My son and my best friends kids were jumping on the beds in their rooms. My son fell, landed wrong and one of his teeth cut his lip rather deep. There is a noticeable scar presently(It happened a year ago), but I have him put lip balm in the day always, and a thick balm I make(recipe to follow) at night on dry days. It'll fade in time. It was a sight the first couple of months. I think my family made a bigger deal of it than I did(and they now see I was right). When kids do say anything, he makes like water on a ducks back and lets it roll right off...quack, quack!

Natural body balm

2 oz beeswax
2 oz sweet almond oil
2 oz coconut oil
2 oz shea butter
2 oz olive oil
Place all into top of double boiler and melt until blended, stirring gently.
Pour into heat safe containers(I recycle old Altoids containers, and hot glue pretty fabric to cover the writing if I feel like it, or add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to give folks a giggle--I mean a peppermint Altoids tin with peppermint lip and body balm!).

Add essential oils if desired after it has cooled for a minute or two.
20 drops Lavender,
10 drops Tea Tree
4 drops Peppermint essential oils are good.

If too thin, place back into double boiler, and add more beeswax, a bit at a time until it is thick enough for you. I make it thicker if I am sending some to my sister and friends who live in very warm climates, and less thick for cooler climates.

It's also good plain for diaper rash on infants, chapped skin, massage balm, and chapped lips. I use it daily on my scars and stretch marks when they itch(a sign that I need to nourish and hydrate my skin more). I use organic beeswax from local apiary's, so the plain smells rich with whatever honey was cultivated.

I'm half Asian, and have rather olive complected skin. My scars were white for years before they took a tan(You have to sunscreen them heavily on bright summery days for at least a year, or risk severe sunburns, trust me on this). My most prominent scar is about the size of a handspan covering my left shoulder, and is sprinkled with VERY dark freckles. I used to keep a marker in my purse and tell gawkers to "connect the dots". I mean seriously folks, take a picture, it'll last longer! Even with this, I NEVER stopped wearing tanks tops, and my sister never stopped wearing shorts.

Kids think I wrestled a bear(which gives me the giggles). I got it 20 years ago in a car wreck, and although it has shrank over time, it has never totally disappeared, as it was very deep. I was contacted shortly after acquiring it by a prominent plastic surgeon about a pro bono job to remove it and the others acquired in the wreck(My then 13 year old sister was also approached for the same thing, with hers being on both legs). We both declined, stating that they are part of our life's story.
Was it easy for me or my sister? No. Did she ever call the number on the surgeons card to change her mind? Did I? HELL NO.
Even with these, she found and married a gorgeous, successful, (a real boy next door with impeccable manners) hard working man that I am proud to call brother, and they have a sweet daughter who absolutely lights up the room with her smile. She never let life or scars stop her. It's her personality, her never-ending joy of life and perseverance in the face of all obstacles, not her scars that do the talking.

Let your daughter be a child, and stop worrying about the scars. They are but brief defining moments in her life. Time will fade it away if YOU let it. I think it's not as bad as you are working yourself up to it being. Please relax, don't draw attention to it other than the normal skincare routines. Both your children will benefit from this.

Just my 2cp.

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answers from Williamsport on

My son (almost 5) had a severely deep cut right between his eyes and needed stitches. It was bright red for about six months-ish, but now after a year it is white and not noticeable. The red color takes a pretty long time to fade.
And btw, my 3yo has a large bright red strawberry birthmark on her nose-I don't even notice it anymore, but people are always asking if she got hurt etc. The best thing is that it hasn't effected her or how people treat her at all, so I know you hate seeing it, but try not to worry about it. It will fade.

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answers from Redding on

It's only been two months. I don't think there's too much cause for alarm just yet.

I had to have a growth excised from under my right eye, then, it was cauterized to stop the bleeding. I wasn't allowed to remove the bandage or get it wet for a few days. The specialist I saw told me to keep it bandaged if I was going to be out in the sun, but otherwise to put nothing on it but vaseline. I almost fainted the first time I saw it because it looked like someone had put a cigarette out under my eye. It was black and deep and hideous. Thankfully, I'm not vain and was just glad it wasn't cancerous so I did as the doctor instructed. I used only plain vaseline morning and night. It healed beautifully within 6 months. You can't even see it. I use an extra dab of sunscreen there if I'll be out in the sun so it won't get burnt because it's been a year now, but it's required no other treatments of any kind.

Maybe just try what's simplest...plain petroleum jelly.
And try not to focus on it so much.
Kids heal faster than adults and heck, I'll be 50 in a few days.
It will get better, just give it some time.

Best wishes.

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answers from San Francisco on

Sounds like you are on the right track with mederm. Sounds like you are already trying that and it's been suggested by other posters. At 4 a lot will heal up in the next 6 months or so. I wouldn't worry just yet. My opinion? We as a society are getting a little to carried away with the idea perfect hairless skin/body. Only attainable through photoshop..... Anyway, I have a scar beneath my lip, not that noticeable, but noticeable enough to be a conversation piece. I wouldn't have had it "erased" even if plastic surgery was attainable at the time I would have cared about it. (teens - 30s)

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answers from Chicago on

Mederma skin care for scars, walmart. No surgery! Good luck momma!

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answers from Miami on

Young ones' scars fade so much better than ours do. You won't see it in a year. Try some olive oil every night. Olive oil is very healing.


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answers from Dallas on

My daughter was cut on her forehead over the summer (10 stitches), and the er said that the amount of scarring would be unknown for the first year and to keep mederma and sunscreen on it for the first 4 - 6 months. I also took her to a plastic surgeon for consultation, and he told me that it was healing nicely and to keep mederma and sunscreen on it for the first 4 months. (Sun causes the dark pigment in the scarring, so it is essentiall to use sunscreen.) He said that it'll be a year before we know much about the scarring, but he thinks the most it's going to need is some sanding. He said to bring her back in a year. So, basically, the plastic surgeon told me the same thing as the ER dr. You're probably fine to keep sunscreen and Mederma on it and just keep an eye on it for awhile.

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answers from Anchorage on

give it time, with the years scars often fade

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answers from New York on

try a little vit E oil

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answers from Las Vegas on

When I was four, I had a mosquito bite on my face that I scratched until it scarred. Eventually, without doing anything, it did fade.. (kids have good skin) However from my teen years on, I used Vitamin E (the pure tablets) break one open and apply fresh.. Also, PURE coconut oil is suppose to be very healing. Additionally, vitamin C for fading...

good luck

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answers from San Francisco on

Look up hydroquinone. It's been known to help with scarring.



answers from Portland on

Plastic surgery causes scars too. The skin will heal with time.



answers from Houston on

When I lived in the UK, I used these - http://www.elastoplast.co.uk/instant-help/health-and-prot...

You could probably buy them somewhere online, and get them shipped over - I am not sure if they do this sort of thing in the USA, there's way too much money to be made of cosmetic surgery!



answers from Boston on

When I was a toddler I fell and split my forehead open from cheek to hairline going through my eyebrow. It was stitched by the regular physician who happened to be visiting the neighbor when my mom carried me bleeding and crying next door in her panic. You can barely see my scar now except for a line where the eyebrow hair does not grow, which I now cover with eyebrow makeup. I would see a plastic surgeon and ask their advice. They may just tell you to continue the creams since they work over time.

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