Scarring following melanoma surgery depends on the stage of the melanoma. If the melanoma is detected early and the growth is not very deep, doctors can usually remove the small amount of tissue with a simple straight-line incision. Usually, the scar from this kind of surgery fades after a while. If the growth is larger or has spread deeper, the doctor will need to remove more tissue. In these cases, skin grafting may be necessary and will likely leave a scar that is more noticeable. Other factors, such as location of the melanoma and a person's ability to heal, also affect the level of scarring. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about scarring after melanoma treatment.
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