Hiding a Thyroidectomy Scar After Surgery

Thyroid Cancer Support: 5 Easy Ways to Conceal a Neck Scar

After thyroid cancer surgery, some patients are left with a scar that can sometimes be as large as 4 inches long, all the way across the neck. This thyroidectomy scar, no matter how big or small, can attract stares and unwanted questions from people (sometimes even complete strangers) when out in public. 

Some people may be comfortable receiving stares or don't mind answering questions, while others may feel very self-conscious about their scar and prefer not to have to constantly repeat their story to everyone they meet. To avoid feeling this way, some people choose to conceal their scar and there are several simple ways to hide thyroidectomy scars.

5 Ways to Hide a Thyroidectomy Scar

From accessorizing your wardrobe to plastic surgery, the following list includes 5 ways to conceal your neck scar after thyroid surgery.

    Wear a Scarf

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    Wearing a scarf is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to conceal your thyroidectomy scar. There are a hundred and one different ways that you can tie a scarf. They can be worn day or night, and are available for both men and women, in every color, fabric,​ and length you can think of. Scarves just aren't for cool weather either. Lightweight fabrics make them the perfect accessory even for warmer months.

    Wear Turtlenecks

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    Turtlenecks get such a bad rap, but they have evolved over the years into a wardrobe staple. Think turtleneck sweaters, sleeveless turtlenecks as layering pieces, or a basic turtleneck under a cardigan sweater. Some people with raised or bumpy scars may experience some irritation from wearing turtlenecks. If this occurs, try different fabric types to see if the irritation lessens.

    Apply Makeup and Other Cosmetics

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    Cosmetics like concealers and foundation can help make your scar blend in. Tinted moisturizers and sunscreens can also help hide scars. There are other products like Dermablend that are classified as "camouflage make-up" that claim to provide excellent coverage for scars, tattoos, and birthmarks. If you have recently had your thyroidectomy, you may want to ask your doctor how soon after surgery you can use these products.

    Wear Jewelry

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    A necklace won't exactly hide your scar, but can distract people from looking at your the scar. Thicker necklaces, chokers, or those with pendants work best at keeping your scar less visible. If you have a raised or bumpy scar, wearing a necklace may be irritating from the friction or the type of metal. Be weary of any allergies you may have to certain metals and try out a few different styles to see which one rubs against your scar the least. You may want to look into jewelry scarves that have pendants and charms woven through fabric.

    Consult a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist

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    If you are self-conscious about your scar, you may want to consider consulting with a plastic surgeon about other options that may be available. Scar revision surgery is becoming increasingly popular. There are minor procedures and there are more in-depth treatment methods. Consulting with a dermatologist is another way to learn about any possible non-invasive ways to reduce the appearance of your scar as there are several different prescription ointments and creams that may help.

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