Nic
Savvy September 2018

Hiding Scars

Nic, on April 22, 2018 at 7:52 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 16
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Hello everyone! I recently acquired a surgical scar in a very prominent spot (my collarbone) and I want to conceal it on my wedding day. I already have my dream dress and it will not cover the scar at all, unfortunately. Does anyone have any tips for covering up scars? I plan on using Mederma on it once it heals to reduce its visibility overall, but I know it will still be very visible given it’s size, location, and cut of the dress. But I was wondering if anyone has experience with makeup or beauty products that will help conceal it without the product running or smudging? For reference I have added a picture of the top of the dress and where the scar is (I haven been able to try on the dress since the surgery so it’s not a picture of the actual scar). Thank you in advance!


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Latest activity by Nic, on April 25, 2018 at 5:50 PM
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    November 2018
    happeningmom ·
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    I have two scars in my neck, pacemaker scar, and honestly only you will notice it. No one else sees it as they will be looking at home beautiful you are. Use the mederna and it should take care of some of it then ask your makeup artist and she should be able to camouflage it.
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    Savvy December 2018
    Kristlyn Corey ·
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    It will be something that you will mainly notice, but I do understand your want to cover it up for the wedding. Younique makeup brand has a concealer that is AMAZING when it comes to coverage. One drop goes a long way, my friend uses it to cover her tattoos for work and it doesn't wear off easily!
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  • M Juliette
    Dedicated September 2018
    M Juliette ·
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    I don’t know the name of a good makeup concealer but I DO know that KatVon dee has a good tattoo concealment line. And if it conceals tattoos successfully (which it does for my coworker so I know I will cover up some pretty dark stuff) then mayyybe it might work for a scar?? Just a thought
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  • HowCo Industries
    VIP September 2018
    HowCo Industries ·
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    I was expecting something big and raised! That's nothing. A little concealer should do the trick, but I've found all of my scars are larger in my mind than they are on my body.
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  • Sarah
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    Sarah ·
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    I have 4 inch defibrillator scar on my chest..it’s fully visible in my dress. I don’t care, it’s been there for 17 years. I used to be very self-conscious about it though..for my prom, I put rhinestone stickers over it 😂

    You can try to cover it up but just remember, it can be photoshopped out of any photograph and the people coming to your reception won’t even care if they see it. They’ll just be looking at you and how happy you are.
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    Heather ·
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    You can use Mederma now I know I use it on my daughter when she gets a scrape who's right from the gecko of the scrape it's helped to really reduce any scarring
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    I would try using tattoo concealer if you’re super self conscious about it, or talk to your MUA. If you’re only worried about pictures, just talk to your photographer about editing it out.
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  • Mrs. Rose To Be
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    Mrs. Rose To Be ·
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    I agree with this. I believe it’s a foundation. You can apply it over your scar and then set it with a translucent setting powder (Laura Mercier is my favorite!) so it doesn’t smudge. I would recommend trying this technique on while wearing something with a similar neckline and making sure it doesn’t transfer to the dress though.
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    Just Said Yes October 2018
    Kathryn ·
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    In lieu of Mederma, try Palmer’s formula with vitamin E Ointment and cocoa butter. It’s a fraction of the cost. My dermatologist recommended it and it reduced my scars so you can’t even see them
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  • Sara
    Expert October 2018
    Sara ·
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    I used mederma on a bad burn scar that was the size of a dollar bill torn in half. Now I have to really look to see where it is. If you're concerned about the color of the scar, I'd look into tattoo cover up. Just make sure it's a good one that won't transfer to your dress or smudge/sweat off. I've never needed to cover up my tattoo, so I can't recommend anything specific. But I'd ask tattooed friends or a couple local tattoo shops what they recommend.
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  • Eamsee
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    Eamsee ·
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    Skip the Mederma. Hands down, the best thing for a scar is to get Vitamin E capsules. Cut the capsule open and apply the liquid onto the scar. I had been burned with an iron on my arm. About 5 inches long and a half inch wide. It was black, boiled, and bubbled. I used the Vitamin E capsules after my Uncle told me to and it worked. The scar is not noticeable at all and you would never know it is there unless I point it out. I understand the insecurity regarding wanting to cover up your scar. I have a spinal cord stimulator implant and have had a laminectomy which left some ugly thick scars, so I get it. Trust me hun, you're the only one that's going to be noticing your scar. Everyone else is just going to see a stunning bride on her wedding day. If it really bothers you, maybe try different hairstyles, maybe a half up half down side swept look that falls over your shoulder? Makeup, no matter how good, will rub off and get on your dress. I say skip the makeup and just try the vitamin E. Best of luck to you and I hope whatever was the cause of the scar in the first place has been resolved and heals well!


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    Crystal ·
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    Sorry no advice but I will say this. I was burned over More than 70% of my body about a decade ago. Beforehand my favorite feature about myself was my back. I just felt like I had a very sleek and sexy back haha however after the fire I have always done my best to keep it covered. I've usually won't even wear a bathing suit because I don't want people seeing them. On my wedding day however I am wearing a low-back dress that shows it all off. The first time I saw a picture of my back in my wedding dress not once did I even see the scars. It's the one day that I'm not worried about people staring and I hope you are able to look past it and enjoy your wedding day no matter what happens with this scar.

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  • Melissa
    Expert June 2018
    Melissa ·
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    I'm going to agree with some of the previous posters. I have a surgical scar across my neck from October. It's still pink but no longer raised. I would expect everyone to notice it but no one does. I'll comment on it as every said they wouldn't have seen it if I didn't mention it. My doctors biggest advise it to avoid sunlight on it. It's brand new skin and sun will damage it causing it to remain raised and red for longer. I also used a mix of vitamin e, Shea butter, and essential oils to minimize it's appearance. Although I'm sure I should have been better about using it regularly. I might try mederma but I'm not too worried about it anymore. But I will be along my makeup artist to address it just so it's not extremely noticeable in any photos
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  • Nic
    Savvy September 2018
    Nic ·
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    Thank you guys for the suggestions - I will definitely look into some of those concealers for the day of and try some of those methods you guys suggested for reducing the scar ahead of time. I am just worried because it will still be sort of fresh at the time of the wedding. Hearing your words of support helped too - I haven't had time to get used to it being there yet since it is so fresh, I'm sure if it was an old scar I wouldn't be so worried about it. Thanks !!

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  • Nic
    Savvy September 2018
    Nic ·
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    You are amazing and strong dear - you will look amazing on your big day! Thank you for the inspiration

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    Savvy September 2018
    Nic ·
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    Thank you! I will definitely look into this!

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