Skin Injury

Why did my scar turn brown?

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  • A , Plastic Surgery, answered
    Ultraviolet light from the sun will cause a scar to darken and make cause hyperpigmentation. Always wear sunblock of at least spf 25 if possible for one year after the scar develops. 
  • A Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered on behalf of

    Scars typically turn brown in response to sunlight and the UV radiation found in the sunlight.  Often lasers can be used to treat the hyperpigmentation in scars and reduce it.

  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Your scar likely changed color because it was exposed to the sun. This sensitive skin is more likely to burn or change in color if exposed to the sun before fully healed.


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