How long should I wait to get a scar removed on a 6 year old?

How long should I wait to remove a scar on the face of a 6 yr old girl?

Answers from doctors (3)


More About Doctor Harry Glassman, M.D.

Published on Jan 11, 2019

Typically, scar revision should be done 4-6 months after the initial injury. The age at which it should be done depends on the severity and the emotional impact of the scar. If the scar is minimal, it may be better to wait until the child is more mature (say, 12-14 years old). If the scar is severe, it can be done at any age.

Answered by Harry Glassman, M.D. (View Profile)

Typically, scar revision should be done 4-6 months after the initial injury. The age at which it should be done depends on the severity and the emotional impact of the scar. If the scar is minimal, it may be better to wait until the child is more mature (say, 12-14 years old). If the scar is severe, it can be done at any age.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic scar revision is delayed in younger children until they are mature enough to understand why it is needed/wanted. Assuming the scar is not disfiguring, most young children will be unaware of cosmetic concerns.

Typically, these revisions are undertaken in the adolescent period as young children become more self-conscious of their appearance. If their issue is not causing emotional distress, intervention is discouraged.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Cosmetic scar revision is delayed in younger children until they are mature enough to understand why it is needed/wanted. Assuming the scar is not disfiguring, most young children will be unaware of cosmetic concerns.

Typically, these revisions are undertaken in the adolescent period as young children become more self-conscious of their appearance. If their issue is not causing emotional distress, intervention is discouraged.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Ralph M. Rosato, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Published on Mar 17, 2016

A scar is mature in about one year. So, that is the earliest I would seek revision. I usually tell the parent to wait till the child wants to have surgery so they are cooperative.

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Answered by Ralph M. Rosato, M.D., F.A.C.S.

A scar is mature in about one year. So, that is the earliest I would seek revision. I usually tell the parent to wait till the child wants to have surgery so they are cooperative.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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